Bayern Munich: Three things to watch against Red Bull Salzburg

Kingsley Coman, David Alaba, and Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich. (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Kingsley Coman, David Alaba, and Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich. (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Three things to watch as Bayern Munich face Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday.

The third matchday of the UEFA Champions League will see Bayern Munich travel to Austria in search of another victory. Their opponents Red Bull Salzburg have yet to register a victory in the competition and will offer a tough test away from home.

Tuesday’s match will be the last Champions League fixture before the November international break. Here are three things to watch ahead of the match.

Three wins from three matches?

A victory for Bayern would further distance them from the other clubs in Group A. Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow have not won a match yet and Atletico Madrid cemented their position as Bayern’s main rival in the group with their win over Salzburg on matchday two.

If Bayern can get all three points against Salzburg it could set up the possibility of clinching a spot in the knockout round on matchday four. They would need Atletico Madrid to defeat Lokomotiv Moscow in order for this scenario to occur. Bayern was expected to be the top club in this group and a victory against Salzburg would continue to set them on a course to be at the top.

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Bayern can keep a close eye on Dominik Szoboszlai

One of the Salzburg’s up and coming stars is Dominik Szoboszlai. The 19-year-old Hungarian has scored in both of his club’s Champions League fixtures so far and has one goal and four assists in the Austrian top flight.

Bayern will have to keep an eye on the talented young star as he can be lethal from outside the penalty area if he is given the time and space to shoot. He scored a fantastic goal against Lokomotiv Moscow on matchday one that highlighted this ability.

Well-rested players will return

Hansi Flick rested a few of Bayern’s usual starters against FC Köln. Among those who did not feature in the 2-1 victory were Robert Lewandowski, Leon Goretzka, Lucas Hernandez, and Kingsley Coman. These players should be starting for Bayern against Salzburg as they will be fully rested since their last appearances against Lokomotiv Moscow.

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A rested Robert Lewandowski could pose a real problem for Salzburg’s backline as they have conceded five goals so far in the Champions League. The Polish striker missed just his 15th Bundesliga match for Bayern in his career at the club. Having yet to record a goal in the Champions League, Lewandowski may be extra motivated to score against Salzburg. He will be a key player to watch as he could unleash another signature multi-goal performance.