The UEFA Super Cup is the traditional curtain raiser of the new football season, pitting the Champions League and Europa League winners against one another in a showpiece occasion where they can get their hands on a shiny trophy.
The timing is slightly off this time around as the home country of the two participants, Liverpool and Chelsea, have already seen their new campaign start.
Even so, here’s an early opportunity to claim some glory, and both teams will be gunning for victory at Vodafone Park in Istanbul on August 14.
What happened in 2018?
The UEFA Super Cup 2019 will make history for two reasons: firstly, this will be the first edition of the Super Cup played between two English teams, although Liverpool and Chelsea have eight previous appearances between them in the one-off competition.
And secondly, this will be the first major men’s match to be refereed by a woman. Stephanie Frappart is widely regarded as the best female official in the sport, and she will bring a sense of calm discipline to proceedings.
Typically an early season jolly, this year’s edition of the Super Cup will have added significance with these two English teams looking to gain the bragging rights. So who will prevail?
Let’s take a look at the bookies’ view in the Liverpool vs Chelsea odds.
1. UEFA Super Cup Odds
The bookmakers have published their UEFA Super Cup odds, and they believe that Liverpool will be coming out on top.
They have priced the Champions League winners at 1.80 to win some early silverware, with Chelsea at 4.60 and the draw at 3.90.
Remember, these are odds for the 90-minute match: there is a ‘to lift the trophy’ market, which takes into account the possibility of extra time and penalties. Here, Liverpool are 1.30 to get their hands on the gold, with Chelsea 3.20.
So, the sportsbooks have made their UEFA Super Cup 2019 predictions, but what are ours?
2. Liverpool vs Chelsea Betting Tips
The great thing about having two teams from the same league in the Super Cup final is that we already have a strong basis for comparison between them.
We know that last season Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, which are two results that help to inform our UEFA Super Cup 2019 betting tips.
As far as the summer has gone, they couldn’t be any more contrasting either.
For Liverpool it has pretty much bee the perfect off-season. Their squad, which took them to Champions League glory and second place in the English Premier League, remains essentially the same, with only a couple of fringe players departing.
Jurgen Klopp remains in charge, and their other possible concern – some of their players not getting any time off due to the African Cup of Nations – were largely quelled. Mo Salah and Naby Keita, of Egypt and Guinea respectively, were knocked out early in the competition, while Sadio Mane’s Senegal made it to the final. He has been given extended time to recuperate, but may take a while to get into his stride. But no matter: Divock Origi is a more than adequate replacement.
You can probably tell already how our Liverpool vs Chelsea predictions our shaping up!
As for Chelsea, the opposite is true. Despite winning the Europa League, they decided to let manager Maurizio Sarri leave for Juventus, replacing him with club legend Frank Lampard. The former England midfielder may be a fan favourite, but he is still very much a managerial novice.
And then there’s the transfer ban, which has prevented the club from replacing Eden Hazard – by far and away their most important player, and Gonzalo Higuain, while David Luiz has joined Arsenal.
That leaves Lampard with a severely weakened squad to call upon, and his reputation for bringing through young players suggests the Blues will be a youthful outfit at times this term.
Right now, Liverpool seem to be streets ahead of Chelsea in terms of their preparation for the new campaign, and with Klopp set to win the managerial duel with Lampard there can only be one winner.
And so that’s why we are headlining our Liverpool vs Chelsea betting tips with a Liverpool victory inside 90 minutes at odds of 1.80.
Remember, they had one of their most famous nights in Istanbul when they won the 2005 Champions League after going 0-3 down to AC Milan. If they summon up that spirit here, they should see off Chelsea at a canter.
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