It is time for the annual showcase match between the current European Champions and Europa League winners. For the first time ever the UEFA Super Cup will feature two English teams, with last season’s Champions League winners Liverpool being the strong favourites to collect more silverware. Can Frank Lampard put his first piece of silverware in the cabinet though as Chelsea boss? Read our Liverpool v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 2:24 p.m.)
Considering the opposition that Liverpool had to go through on their way to Champions League success last season, it was a remarkable campaign. They were drawn against PSG, Napoli and Red Star in the group stage and they weren’t without their troubles there either. But they got through and then found Bayern Munich standing in their way in the round of sixteen. One big away night in the second leg saw the Reds make progress.
After an easier tie in the quarter-finals against Porto, Liverpool found themselves paired up against Barcelona in the semis. After a 3-0 loss in Spain in the first leg, Liverpool looked down and out. Not so though, as they turned on one of the most remarkable shows that Anfield has seen in the Champions League. The Reds produced a 4-0 second-leg win over the Catalans. Then it was fellow Premier League side Spurs in the Final. Liverpool won 2-0 to celebrate their sixth European Cup/Champions League title.
They played out a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in Community Shield to kick their new season off, losing in a penalty shoot-out. Then they smashed four goals past the newly promoted Norwich in their opening Premier League game last Friday. Mo Salah and Roberto Firmono started that game against Norwich, with Sadio Mane putting in a second-half performance. They boast the scoring power to do some damage
Salah is the first goalscorer favourite at 10/3* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 2:24 p.m.). This is the sixth Super Cup for Liverpool with three wins from their five previous appearances. Their most recent title was in 2005 when they beat CSKA Moscow after extra time. Liverpool have lost keeper Alisson to injury, but given that the impressive scoring that they have in their ranks, they the favourites with the bookmakers.
The Reds took four points off Chelsea in the Premier League meetings last season
Chelsea took a 2-1 EFL Cup win at Anfield last term
The Blues have lost just one of their last six against Liverpool (W2 D3)
Both teams have scored in 10 of the last 12 meetings
The Blues had a fairly sedate start to their successful Europa League campaign last season. They posted W5 D1 record in the group stage, as the Londoners were easily a cut above the rest of the opposition without ever needing to field the strongest team or find top gear. They then eased past Malmo 5-1 on aggregate in the round of 32. They were expected to get a little bit of a tougher test from Dynamo Kyiv in the round of sixteen, but Chelsea crushed their opponents 8-0 on aggregate.
Chelsea, then managed by Mauricio Sarri took a 5-3 aggregate win over Slavia Prague, the second leg being a seven-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge. Then Chelsea were pushed to their limits by Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals. Both legs ended 1-1 and with the extra time not providing a winner, it was down to a penalty shootout which Chelsea won 4-3. That put them through to the final to face Arsenal, but it was a one-sided match up with Chelsea winning 4-1, Eden Hazard getting two goals in his last game in a Chelsea shirt.
That was Chelsea’s second Europa League title from two campaigns. Impressive stuff. Times have changed over the summer with new boss Frank Lampard trying to pick up the pieces at the club with transfer ban hanging over them until next summer. The Blues took a 4-0 hammering at Old Trafford on Sunday against Manchester United in their opening EPL game. While Chelesa weren’t too bad going forward, they were wide open in defence and that will be a concern in facing Liverpool’s deadly attack. Do they go for damage limitation or try to stick to their guns of playing an open game? Early pressure for Lampard.
Chelsea were picked off time and time again by Manchester United’s counter-attacks on the weekend. Liverpool’s attack is far more clinical than that of the Red Devils. So that can only lead us to the conclusion that this is going to be a big European night of Liverpool in Istanbul. Where have we heard that before?
13th August 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting