Group I of the Europa League is one of the “boring” ones – we already know who’s progressing and who’s going home. There is, however, an interesting thing to be noted, in the game between group winner Schalke and Austrian team Salzburg – will the Germans be able to finish the group with a perfect 18 points, or will Salzburg manage to ruin this record in Austria?
Salzburg vs Schalke 04 – 08/12/2016
FT Result: Salzburg 2.40 or 19/50 Draw 3.50 or 4/7 Schalke 3.10 or 3/10
Total Goals Over/Under 2.5: Over 1.72 or 8/11 Under 2.07 or 43/40
Both Teams To Score: Yes 1.57 or 4/7 No 2.25 or 5/4
First of all, it’s worth mentioning that both teams will probably field weakened formations due to fixture congestion and the fact that they both have nothing to fight for, apart from their honor.
Schalke had a great streak, ranging from the end of September to last weekend, where they won almost all games, except for two draws against Augsburg and Dortmund.
They have lost last weekend in the Bundesliga against another team owned by Red Bull, Leipzig, the place where some of the best players from Salzburg transferred this summer. Coincidence?
On the other hand, Salzburg is doing better and better since they’ve started concentrating on their domestic league and not paying that much importance to European football.
Their home form is generally good, but we can’t really make any statements since they don’t have anything to play for in their game against Schalke.
Thankfully, we are speaking about German and Austrian teams, so they won’t just mimic football – sure, they will field some reserves and youngsters here and there, but we do expect these players to step up and impress as well.
Salzburg vs Schalke 04 Betting Tips
From a betting perspective, we have the following ideas: over 1,5 goals is a virtual certainty, and this game is a prime candidate for an over 2,5 goal bet.
Schalke to score is another great idea, while an X2 bet can certainly work since the Germans would very much like to finish the group undefeated. They are, at the end of the day, the better team.
Total Goals – Over 2.5 @ 1.72 or 8/11
Both Teams To Score & Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.00 or 1/1