It will look awfully early in the summer to be considering European soccer (unless you’re a Wolves fan), but Liverpool’s face-off together with Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup has a great feel to it — an intriguing curtain-raiser to the continental soccer season.
Champions League winners Liverpool very much picked up from where they left off campaign, putting newly-promoted Norwich to the sword at the Premier League opener. Chelsea, that naturally maintained the Europa League title, were very much on the receiving end of a demolition project at Old Trafford, in what has been quite a concerning opening display for Frank Lampard to digest. The barefaced stats look OK as far as Chelsea are concerned, however a 2.18-1.33 xG shortage informs a more damning story; Chelsea had lots of attempts, but David de Gea was rarely stretched. ??
It must be quite interesting on Wednesday, however, the result is beyond no doubt in my view; Chelsea defended badly against Manchester United, and while they did sabotage the hosts early on, it is not sufficient to convince me they will lay much glove on Jurgen Klopp’s men.
There are just insufficient targets within this Chelsea side. Tammy Abraham along with Olivier Giroud won’t cut the mustard at a top six centre-forward needs to, although the loss of Eden Hazard will also have some time to get over.
You know what you buy with Liverpool now, and it’ll be too much for Chelsea.
In 17/10, Liverpool to win using a -1 handicap looks a very solid bet. The last meeting between these two finished 2-0 in the Reds’ favour, also Liverpool look so much stronger in all sections than Wednesday’s adversaries. ??
We were treated to our share of VAR-fuelled controversy in Europe last year, and with UEFA’s interpretation of what constitutes a punishment being much more powerful than the Premier League’s, I’m backing a spot-kick to be awarded.
We watched Chelsea concede a penalty against Manchester United this weekend–Kurt Zouma the guilty party–and thinking about just 3 sides received more penalties in the Premier League than Liverpool last year, I’d suggest the probability of the referee pointing to the place are rather high, particularly since it is a cup final (or sorts).
Of course, Chelsea could also win a penalty, but either way, it is not outlandish believe VAR will take center stage. ??
I’ve gone a small rogue for this last suggestion, but it’s for Virgil Van Dijk to score first.
Hear me out here…
Although his goalscoring record at the first portion of his Liverpool career was strangely plump for a person 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.
Obviously, Liverpool have an entire number of gamers who will (and probably will) score first on Wednesday, but Van Dijk has opened his account for the season with a goal against Norwich, and 25/1 for the Dutchman to find the web against what seems like a fairly porous Chelsea is probably worth a nibble.
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