Liverpool v Chelsea: UEFA Super Cup Tips & Betting Preview

It will seem awfully early in the summer to be considering European football (unless you’re a Wolves fan), but Liverpool’s face-off together 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 really much picked up from where they left off campaign, putting newly-promoted Norwich to the sword at the Premier League opener. Chelsea, who of course claimed the Europa League name, were very much on the receiving end of a demolition job at Old Trafford, in what has been quite a regarding opening screen for Frank Lampard to digest. The barefaced stats look OK as much as Chelsea are worried, but a 2.18-1.33 xG shortage informs a more damning narrative; Chelsea had plenty of efforts, but David de Gea was rarely stretched. ??
It ought to be pretty interesting on Wednesday, however, the result is outside any doubt in my opinion; Chelsea defended badly against Manchester United, and if they did threaten the hosts early on, it’s not sufficient to convince me they will lay much glove on Jurgen Klopp’s men.
There are just not enough targets in this Chelsea side. Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud will not cut the mustard as a leading six centre-forward needs to, while the loss of Eden Hazard will also take a while to get over.
You know exactly what you get with Liverpool at this point, and it will be a lot for Chelsea.
In 17/10, Liverpool to triumph using a -1 handicap looks a very good bet. The last meeting between these two finished 2-0 at the Reds’ favour, and 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 penalty being far more powerful than the Premier League’s, I’m backing a spot-kick to be granted.
We saw Chelsea concede a penalty against Manchester United this weekend–Kurt Zouma the guilty party–and thinking about just 3 sides received more penalties from the Premier League than Liverpool last year, I’d suggest the possibility of the referee pointing to the spot are rather high, especially since it is a cup final (or types ).
Obviously, Chelsea could also win a punishment, but either way, it is not outlandish believe VAR will take center stage. ??
I’ve gone a little rogue for this previous suggestion, but it’s for Virgil Van Dijk to score first.
Hear me out here…
Although his goalscoring record in the first portion of his Liverpool career was strangely paltry for a person of such stature, VVD has now scored seven goals in his past 23 appearances for club and country, which can be a very good return from centre-back.
Naturally, Liverpool have a whole number of players that will (and probably will) score on Wednesday, however, Van Dijk has opened his account for the season with a goal against Norwich, and 25/1 for the Dutchman to discover the web against what seems like a pretty porous Chelsea is probably worth a nibble.

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