Chelsea are already under substantial pressure in the Champions League following their loss to Dinamo Zagreb last week.
Thomas Tuchel was replaced by Graham Potter in the aftermath of that shock defeat, and the former Brighton manager has been able to work with his new squad over the last few days.
Salzburg drew 1-1 with Milan on matchday one and defeated Ried 3-0 at the weekend.
Half Time/Full Time: Chelsea/Chelsea
The weekend postponement has allowed Potter the chance to instil his ideas into his new group of players. While Chelsea’s squad didn’t down tools under Tuchel as they have with past managers, a new manager bounce is still expected.
It is a bit of an unknown how Potter will set this team up, as only so much can be changed in a few days.
Still, there will be a good atmosphere at Stamford Bridge with renewed optimism at the club, and the players will be keen to impress their new manager.
The Blues should start strongly and build an early lead.
Both Teams To Score: Yes
Salzburg are going to go for it at Stamford Bridge. Unlike some underdogs, they will commit men forward in possession, particularly if Chelsea take the lead. They scored three times in their last match, and clocked 16 shots against Milan in the group stage opener.
Chelsea’s defence isn’t an instant fix, particularly with N’Golo Kante still sidelined. The home team haven’t kept a clean sheet since the first match of the season, and that’s unlikely to change here.
Total Cards: Over 4.5
Salzburg saw six total cards in their draw with Milan. Chelsea have had their disciplinary issues this term, and went into the referee’s notebook three times in their defeat in Croatia.
Fired up for Potter’s first match, Chelsea will continue to make rash challenges, while tackles to stop Salzburg’s counters could get them in trouble with the referee.
Salzburg will have to absorb a lot of pressure, which comes with its own yellow card risks. At 7/5, this represents good value.
All odds are subject to change