On Thursday night, Austrian side RB Salzburg host German giants Borussia Dortmund at the Red Bull Arena in the last 16 Europa League second leg.
Salzburg shocked Peter Stoger’s side in the first leg by recording a 2-1 win at the Signal Iduna Park. The Austrian side will feel that they have done the hard work and be keen to seal progress to the last eight.
If the home side does win the tie they will be the first Austrian club to ever make it to the last eight of the Europa League. An unbeaten run of 14 games in this competition bodes well for their chances of making history.
As well as a strong record in general in the competition, the home side also has a strong home record in this competition, unbeaten in six games having recorded five wins. Marco Rose’s side has also kept clean sheets in five of their last six home games in the Europa League.
Dortmund face an uphill struggle to get back into this tie after that shock defeat on home soil in the first leg. The German side, of course, dropped out of the Champions League after failing to win any of their group games.
However, the visitor’s maiden European win of the season was in the last round of this competition, as BVB recorded a 3-2 home win over Atalanta before managing a 1-1 draw in the second leg in Italy.
BVB do not have a great recent record in this competition, as the win against Atalanta was their only victory in the competition in the last five outings. The visitor’s away record in the Europa League is inconsistent too, as they have won just two of their last five games on their travels in Europe’s secondary competition.
Dortmund has a tough task recovering this tie and I predict that this game will finish in a high scoring and entertaining draw.