Friendly | Salzburg vs Barcelona ~ Match Info


Salzburg vs Barcelona predictions, Barcelona are in pre-season action for the second time on Wednesday night when they take on Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg.
The Catalan giants have won all three of their summer games so far, while Salzburg started their 2021-22 campaign in style with back-to-back wins.


Ronald Koeman was made to sweat for his work in the early stages of the summer, but president Joan Laporta has chosen to show faith in the Dutch coach by giving him a second campaign.
The biggest problem with Barcelona with two weeks to go until the new La Liga campaign begins is the future of star player Lionel Messi, who is still a free agent.
Apart from tying Messi to a new contract, Barca are also looking to further strengthen their squad so far signing free agents Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay.
Depay has adapted well to his new surroundings, scoring in his first two appearances for Barca in a 3-1 win against Girona and a 3-0 win against Stuttgart.
Koeman's men have also beaten Gimnastic 4-0 during pre-season, so results are certainly not an issue at this stage.
Barca have been based in Germany for this stage of their pre-season campaign, although they will cross the border to Austria on Wednesday for this friendly with Salzburg.
This will be the first meeting between the two teams, and also the first time Barcelona have played any match in Austria since 1993.
Salzburg should be much fitter than their opponents, having played a few games in the Austrian Bundesliga this season.
The Red Bulls beat Strum Graz 3-1 in their first competitive game of 2021-22 and crushed SV Ried 7-1 on Sunday to climb to the top of the table even at this early stage.
Matthias Jaissle's men are favorites to defend their title for the ninth successive campaign, and they go into this clash with just two defeats in 22 competitive and friendly matches.
Barcelona are expected to agree a new long-term deal with Messi, but the superstar forward remains sidelined for now, as does fellow Argentina international Aguero.
Garcia is on Olympic duty with Spain, while academy graduate Alex Collado is also sidelined for this friendly as he has been given permission to request a transfer.
Rey Manaj has been a star for Barcelona during pre-season and could return to the starting lineup here, with Antoine Griezmann potentially used as a replacement.
After coming off the bench last time, Sergio Busquets will start. Jordi Alba, who has just returned from Euro 2020 duty, could also feature.
As for Salzburg, the recently appointed Jaissle boss' main focus is on next weekend's league clash with Austria's Vienna.
However, the hosts are still expected to name a very strong line-up on Wednesday as they look to beat Barcelona in the first meeting between the two sides.
Karim Adeyemi has been linked with a number of heavyweight clubs this summer and has scored three goals in Salzburg's last two games, making him one to watch out for here.
Salzburg vs Barcelona Lineup Prediction
Salzburg: Kohn; Kristensen, Solet, Wober, Ulmer; Sucic, Junuzovic, Seiwald; Aaronson; Sesko, Adeyemi
Barcelona: Grandson; Roberto, Pique, Araujo, Dest; Puig, Busquets, Gavi; Demir, Manaj, Depay
Salzburg vs Barcelona Score Prediction: 2-2
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