It does seem awfully early in the summer to be considering European football (unless you are a Wolves fan), but Liverpool’s face-off with Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup comes with a nice feel to it — an interesting curtain-raiser into the continental soccer season.
Champions League winners Liverpool very much picked up from where they left off prior campaign, placing newly-promoted Norwich into the sword in the Premier League opener. Chelsea, that of course maintained the Europa League title, were very far on the receiving end of a demolition project at Old Trafford, in what had been quite a concerning opening display for Frank Lampard to digest. The barefaced stats look OK as much as Chelsea are concerned, but a 2.18-1.33 xG deficit tells a more damning narrative; Chelsea had lots of attempts, but David de Gea was rarely stretched. ??
It should be pretty interesting on Wednesday, however, the outcome is outside no doubt in my opinion; Chelsea defended poorly against Manchester United, and if they did threaten the hosts early , it is not enough to convince me they’ll lay much glove on Jurgen Klopp’s guys.
There are just not enough aims on this Chelsea side. Tammy Abraham along with Olivier Giroud won’t cut the mustard as a top six centre-forward should, although the loss of Eden Hazard will also take some time to get over.
You know exactly what you buy with Liverpool now, and it will be too much for Chelsea.
In 17/10, Liverpool to win with a -1 handicap looks a very good bet. The final meeting between those two ended 2-0 from the Reds’ favour, also Liverpool look so much stronger in most sections than Wednesday’s adversaries. ??
We were all treated to our talk of VAR-fuelled controversy in Europe last season, and also UEFA’s interpretation of what constitutes a penalty being far more powerful than the Premier League’s, I am financing a spot-kick to be granted.
We saw Chelsea concede a penalty against Manchester United this weekend–Kurt Zouma the guilty party–and considering only 3 sides obtained more penalties in the Premier League than Liverpool last year, I would suggest the odds of the referee pointing to the place are rather high, particularly because this is a cup final (or sorts).
Needless to Say, Chelsea could also win a punishment, but either way, it is not outlandish think VAR will take centre stage. ??
I’ve gone a small rogue for this previous suggestion, but it is for Virgil Van Dijk to score first.
Hear me out here…
Though his goalscoring record in the early part of his Liverpool career was strangely plump for a man of such stature, VVD has now scored seven goals in his past 23 looks for club and country, which can be a really solid yield from centre-back.
Of course, Liverpool have an entire variety of gamers that will (and likely will) score on Wednesday, however, Van Dijk has already opened his account for the season with a goal from Norwich, and 25/1 for the Dutchman to come across the web first against what seems like a fairly porous Chelsea is probably worth a nibble.
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