It will look awfully early in the time to be considering European soccer (unless you’re a Wolves fan), but Liverpool’s face-off together with Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup comes with a wonderful feel to it — an interesting curtain-raiser into the continental football season.
Champions League winners Liverpool very much picked up from where they left off last campaign, putting newly-promoted Norwich into the sword in the Premier League opener. Chelsea, that of course maintained the Europa League name, were very far on the receiving end of a demolition job at Old Trafford, in what has been quite a concerning opening screen for Frank Lampard to digest. The barefaced stats look OK as much as Chelsea are worried, however a 2.18-1.33 xG shortage informs a more damning story; Chelsea had plenty of attempts, but David de Gea was seldom stretched. ??
It should be pretty interesting on Wednesday, but the result is outside no doubt in my view; Chelsea defended poorly against Manchester United, and while they did endanger the hosts early on, it is not sufficient to convince me they’ll lay much of a glove on Jurgen Klopp’s men.
There are simply insufficient targets within this Chelsea side. Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud will not cut the mustard as a leading six centre-forward needs to, although the loss of Eden Hazard will also take a while to get over.
You know exactly what you get with Liverpool now, and it’ll be a lot for Chelsea.
At 17/10, Liverpool to acquire using a -1 handicap looks a very good bet. The final 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 year, and with UEFA’s interpretation of what represents a penalty being much 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 contemplating only three sides obtained more penalties from the Premier League compared to Liverpool last season, I would suggest the probability of the referee pointing to the place are quite high, especially because it is a cup final (or types ).
Needless to Say, Chelsea may also win a punishment, but in Any Event, it is not outlandish think VAR will take center stage. ??
I have gone a small rogue with this previous suggestion, but it is for Virgil Van Dijk to score .
Hear me out here…
Although his goalscoring record in the first portion of his Liverpool career was strangely paltry for a man of such stature, VVD has scored seven goals in his past 23 appearances for club and country, and it can be a really good yield from centre-back.
Needless to say, Liverpool have an entire variety of gamers that will (and likely will) score first on Wednesday, but Van Dijk has opened his account for the season with a goal from Norwich, and 25/1 for the Dutchman to obtain the web first against what seems like a pretty porous Chelsea is probably worth a nibble.
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