If you couldn’t get enough of the exciting Premier League action and content that came your way during Gameweek 1, Liverpool and Chelsea will square off mid-week in another all-England battle for a major European trophy.
The UEFA Super Cup is contested for every season, and pits the winner of the Champions League against the victor of the Europa League. In 2019, Liverpool reigned supreme in the prestigious Champions League, while Chelsea feasted an inferior opposition in the Europa League. And though this title is widely viewed as a little more than a glorified friendly, you can bet that both the Reds and the Blues would love to secure their hands on more silverware.
After losing the Community Shield, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have put an emphasis on winning trophies, and following a convincing Premier League win on Friday against Norwich City – his side looks poised to put on a good showing in Istanbul.
For Chelsea they too have something to prove, although it is a little different than Liverpool. The Blues were soundly embarrassed on Sunday in their curtain raiser at Manchester United. Their defense looked porous and already new manager Frank Lampard is facing doubts. As a result, expect Chelsea to put out a solid group and try to do some damage control by going for the win in the Super Cup.
Liverpool wants trophies, and Chelsea wants to stop the bleeding. It has all the makings of a special all-England clash in the coveted Super Cup. Liverpool will be looking for their fourth Super Cup championship, while Chelsea will be targeting their second. Read on below the odds for a detailed match breakdown, tactical analysis, and wagering prediction for Liverpool and Chelsea.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-150)
Under 2.5 (+130)
Liverpool To Lift Trophy (-330)
Chelsea To Lift Trophy (+290)
Liverpool vs. Chelsea Pick:
As you can tell from the posted odds, despite the name-value recognition of both these prestigious English clubs, they’re clearly at different stages. Liverpool is preparing for this game to play their full first-team, despite another upcoming Premier League match over the weekend.
It is also worth noting that Liverpool does enter with a full two-days of rest extra over their counterparts. They played last Friday, while Chelsea played Sunday afternoon. It will be a quick turnaround for Frank Lampard’s side, and without a proper transfer window, the Chelsea depth is already being tested.
Expect Liverpool to again put out a strong lineup in Istanbul. Sadio Mane will likely remain out, as will first-team keeper Alisson – though Adrian is more than capable of filling the void. On the injury front for Chelsea, N’Golo Kante has suffered a setback and won’t be available. This is a big loss for the Blues – as already they seemed to be getting overrun in the midfield. Jorginho looked to be in poor form on the weekend at Old Trafford, and he will need more support from the likes of Ross Barkley and Pedro if Chelsea are to hang with Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon.
At the moment Chelsea enter this game a fragile bunch. Though it was just one game, their defensive vulnerabilities seem to be a huge problem going forward, and Frank Lampard doesn’t have the personnel right now to address it. Liverpool play fast and they’re explosive going forward. On the counter, anticipate Liverpool to create huge problems for the Chelsea back-line. And with Antonio Rudiger still out in the heart of Chelsea’s defense, the issues could get bigger before they get better.
This era of Liverpool football should go down as one of the best groups ever. Jurgen Klopp is adamant on this, and there is no trophy they don’t want to win. Liverpool will dress a familiarly potent lineup, and ultimately their attack will be too much for an overmatched Chelsea. While the Reds do have some cracks within their defense, their offensive prowess will be too strong to not prevail in 90 minutes. Liverpool by a comfortable 3-1 score-line seems fitting for the 2019 Super Cup. Enjoy the match!