It will seem awfully early in the season to be thinking about European football (unless you are a Wolves fan), but Liverpool’s face-off together with Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup comes with a nice feel to it an intriguing curtain-raiser to the continental football season.
Champions League winners Liverpool very much picked up from where they left off campaign, placing newly-promoted Norwich into the sword at the Premier League opener. Chelsea, that of course claimed the Europa League name, were very much on the receiving end of a demolition project at Old Trafford, in what had been quite a concerning opening screen for Frank Lampard to digest. The barefaced stats seem OK as far as Chelsea are concerned, but a 2.18-1.33 xG deficit tells a more damning story; Chelsea had plenty of efforts, but David de Gea was rarely stretched. ??
It must be quite fascinating on Wednesday, however, the outcome is outside no doubt in my view; Chelsea defended badly against Manchester United, and while they did endanger the hosts early , it is not enough to convince me they’ll lay much glove on Jurgen Klopp’s guys.
There are just insufficient targets within this Chelsea side. Tammy Abraham along with Olivier Giroud will not cut the mustard at a leading six centre-forward needs to, while the loss of Eden Hazard may also take a while to get over.
You know what you get with Liverpool now, and it’ll be a lot for Chelsea.
At 17/10, Liverpool to acquire with a -1 disability looks a very good bet. The final meeting between those two ended 2-0 at the Reds’ favour, also Liverpool look so much more powerful in most departments than Wednesday’s adversaries. ??
We were treated to our talk of VAR-fuelled controversy in Europe last season, and also UEFA’s interpretation of what constitutes a punishment being much stricter than the Premier League’s, I’m financing a spot-kick to be granted.
We watched Chelsea concede a penalty against Manchester United this weekend–Kurt Zouma the guilty party–and contemplating only 3 sides received more penalties in the Premier League compared to Liverpool last season, I’d suggest the odds of the referee pointing to the place are quite high, especially since it is a cup final (or types ).
Naturally, Chelsea can also win a penalty, but in Any Event, it’s not outlandish believe VAR will take center stage. ??
I have gone a tiny rogue for this previous tip, but it’s for Virgil Van Dijk to score .
Hear me out here…
Though his goalscoring record at the first part of his Liverpool career was strangely paltry for a man of such stature, VVD has scored seven goals in his last 23 looks for club and country, which is a very good return from centre-back.
Of course, Liverpool have a whole number of gamers that will (and likely will) score first on Wednesday, however, Van Dijk has opened his account for the season with a goal against Norwich, also 25/1 for the Dutchman to obtain the web first against what seems like a pretty porous Chelsea is probably worth a nibble.