Borussia Dortmund



08/03/2018 | 6:00 pm

FC Red Bull Salzburg



08/03/2018 | 6:00 pm

In a sentence: Third in the German Bundesliga Dortmund host leaders of the Austrian Bundesliga RB Salzburg in the Europa League.

Last time: These sides have never met, so we’re breaking new ground on Thursday.

This time: Dortmund are 1/2 to win this game, while RB Salzburg can be found at 6/1 to win and the draw is 16/5.

You might remember: Dortmund prepared for this game against RB Salzburg by drawing 1-1 against Red Bull’s other team in the German Bundesliga, RB Leipzig, at the weekend. Marco Reus equalised for Die Borussen at the Red Bull Arena.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion will have a great atmosphere for this Europa League tie against Red Bull Salzburg

Dortmund squeaked through by the skin of their teeth in the last round against Atalanta, drawing 1-1 after a last-minute winner by Michy Batshuayi gave them a 3-2 win. A goalkeeping mistake gifted Marcel Schmelzer a goal late in the match in Bergamo that sealed his side’s progression in the competition. Dortmund have drawn their last three games 1-1, starting with that match against the Italian side but remain unbeaten in their last 12 matches in all competitions.

RB Salzburg have an even better record, remaining unbeaten in their last 30 games in all competitions. They knocked out Spanish side Real Sociedad in the last round after drawing 2-2 in Spain, and winning their home leg 2-1.

Dortmund are 1/2 to win this game and have lost just five times out of 16 home games this season in all competitions, winning just six and drawing five.

RB Salzburg are 6/1 to cause an upset here by winning this one and are unbeaten in this year’s Europa League, winning six and drawing four of their games.

The draw is 16/5, and a 0-0 draw has odds of around 14/1, a 1-1 draw is worth 8/1 and you can back a 2-2 draw at 16/1.

Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi is 10/3 to score the first goal of the game. The Belgian striker already has five goals for his new side after joining at the end of the transfer window from Chelsea.

RB Salzburg’s top scorer Munas Dabbur is 8/1 to score the opening goal of the game. The Isreali has scored six goals in this year’s Europa League.

Marco Reus has three goals in his last four games since returning from injury and is 7/2 to score at any time during this game, while Kosovan Valon Berisha is 16/1 to get on the scoresheet at any point.

Match Summary


Look out for:

Dortmund to win this one, as lifting the Europa League is their only chance of winning silverware this season. The German side to win 1-0 is 7/1 and so is a 2-0 win, while a hefty 4-0 victory has odds of 20/1.


We fancy:

Marco Reus to score and Dortmund to win at odds of 13/8. Dortmund to win 2-1 is 7/1, and Reus to score two or more goals is also 7/1.


It’s a long shot, but:

Dortmund to win 3-2 is  22/1. As this is a regional derby between two sides that have such impressive unbeaten runs, both teams should be coming into this tie confident. Dortmund beat Atalanta 3-2 at home in the last round, with the home side 5/4 to score in both halves.

Written by Ciro Di Brita

Ciro Di Brita is a football fan and fanatic of all things Naples – not least Napoli. A published author and novelist based in Ireland, Ciro will happily turn his hand to writing on any topic but will always try to work in a reference to Napoli wherever possible.