This could be a more difficult game for Liverpool that their match price of 3/10 would suggest. Salzburg are dominating the Austrian league and battered Genk 6-2 in their opening Champions League tie.
They also performed creditably in last year’s Europa League and were unlucky to be drawn against a very good Napoli team in the knockout stages.
They are an incredibly young squad as part of the Red Bull strategy of identifying the best young talent in Europe and selling them for a profit. This also suits the high energy pressing game that Salzburg employ under their American manager Jesse Marsch.
I’m expecting a fairly frantic game with a lot of opportunities for counter-attacks which will suit Liverpool’s front three of Mane, Salah and Firmino who rarely get that kind of space in the Premier League.
Liverpool should just about edge what ought to be a cracking game.
Lille were better than the 3-0 scoreline suggests against Ajax in their opening Champions League group game. They’ve also had a decent start to their Ligue 1 season despite losing some key players in the summer, including Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe and young striker Rafael Leao to AC Milan for over £20million.
The French side recruited some interesting young talent to replace them, including George Weah’s son Timothy and former super star prospect Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich.
I remain to be convinced by Chelsea under Frank Lampard and evens looks too short a price away from home against decent opposition.
For the last selection in the treble I will go with both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in RB Leipzig v Lyon. Both teams play an open and expansive style and goals should be expected here.
Over 2.5 goals has landed in all but one of Leipzig’s eight games this season, and Lyon have hot-prospect Moussa Dembele and a resurgent Memphis Depays leading their attack and scoring goals.
Given that, a price of 4/5 on both teams to score and over looks reasonable.