The penultimate fixtures in Champions League Group E take place on Tuesday evening. Chelsea has overcome their slow start to the campaign to sit top of the standings, and they could book their spot in the next round of the competition with victory this week.
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It has been a very entertaining Champions League campaign in Group E, as all teams have looked like qualifying at one stage or another. However, the advantage is firmly with Chelsea coming into the penultimate round of fixtures, as the Blues could book their spot in the knockout round with victory in Austria on Tuesday.
Chelsea’s position in the competition looked dire ahead of their back-to-back fixtures against AC Milan, but two victories on the bounce has given the Blues a strong advantage. Graham Potter’s side looked extremely comfortable in both showdowns against the Italian giants, and they took a massive stride to qualification with a dominant 2-0 win at the San Siro on the previous matchday. Jorginho opened the scoring the penalty spot after 21 minutes, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the advantage for the Blues ten minutes before the break.
However, Salzburg is likely the only team that could stop the Blues from winning Group E. The Austrian side currently sits second in the overall standings, as they have picked up one win and three draws from the four fixtures that they have played in the competition.
There was a sense that they missed a golden opportunity in their previous fixture, as they could only play out a 1-1 draw on the road against Dinamo Zagreb. Salzburg went ahead in that game through Nicolas Seiwald, but they were pegged back with five minutes remaining of the first half.
RB Salzburg vs Chelsea Head to Head
The only previous meeting between the sides came earlier in the Champions League group, with the sides playing out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. However, Chelsea is winless in two previous visits to Austria, losing 1-0 and drawing 1-1.
RB Salzburg vs Chelsea Prediction
This should be an entertaining game between the sides on Tuesday. Chelsea has found their form in the competition since Potter’s arrival, but Salzburg have scored at least once in each of their previous seven games in the competition. Therefore, we could see both teams scoring in this fixture, but we still expect the Blues to get maximum points.
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