Wednesday 14 August: 8pm KO
Live on BT Sport 2
There may be a few of you who wonder what is the point of the European Super Cup? Actually, there’s probably lots of you asking that question. It’s a financial matter of course as the winners of the Champions League take on the holders of the Europa League. Two English teams battle it out and they have to go all the way to Istanbul to do so.
These two clubs have made startingly different starts to the new Premier League season. Liverpool had a comfortable 4-1 win over Norwich City on Friday. Two days later, Chelsea played well for a while but lost 4-0 away to Manchester United.
Success in football leads to fixture congestion. Liverpool have already had the Community Shield to play (despite not being league champions or FA Cup winners). They now have the European Super Cup to play and in December travel to Qatar for the World Club Championship. With all these additional games, you might as well just give Manchester City the title now.
At least it’s not an even more pointless two-legged game as it used to be in the past. So it’s off to Istanbul we go because since this cup was contested at a neutral venue, it’s never been held in England. Liverpool got their season off to a good start that win over Norwich City. The odds on them winning again and beating Chelsea over 90 minutes are 3/5 (1.6) at Bet365.
All four of their goals came in the first half as Liverpool made their now traditional quick start to a game at Anfield. Their defensive skills were high last season but they looked a bit shaky at times and a bet on both teams scoring looks good for this game. The odds on that are 13/20 (1.65) if your bet is placed at Paddy Power.
Liverpool’s attack looked as good as ever on Friday. Sadio Mane only started on the bench but he was barely missed with Divock Origi looking a major threat every time he got the ball. He’s 11/8 (2.37) at Ladbrokes to score in this match.
Chelsea made a nightmare start to the season when losing 4-0 at Old Trafford. Just how Frank Lampard treats this European Super Cup match remains to be seen. He’d probably prefer a week with his new team training and trying to work out what went wrong on Sunday. Instead, he’s off to Istanbul for a rather meaningless game that disrupts their preparation for their next Premier League game against Leicester City.
The Blues haven’t won the European Super Cup since their only victory in 1998. They lost the cup match in both 2012 and 2013. There are odds of 4/1 (5.0) on Chelsea winning this game in 90 minutes. The Old Trafford match showed just how much Chelsea will miss Eden Hazard this season. Not just for his goals but the creativity he brings to the team. Without him in midfield, they could well struggle again in this match against Liverpool.
Liverpool have only lost two of their last ten games played against Chelsea. Five of the last six games played between them have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 6/5 (2.2) at SkyBet on that stat coming up in this match. That would buck the trend though as six of the last seven European Super Cup games have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. The odds on that becoming seven out of eight are 4/6 (1.66) at Betfred.
Liverpool may give Sadio Mane a start after he was only a substitute against Norwich City on Friday night.
Cup Horror for Liverpool?
Liverpool have a good league record against Chelsea. However, when it comes to cup competitions, it’s a different story. Chelsea have only lost two of their last 11 cup games against Liverpool. It’s 12/5 (3.4) at Betway that Chelsea lift the trophy.
Liverpool made a good start to the season and they can win the European Super Cup. Their attack looks too good for Chelsea who can’t afford another heavy defeat here. A win for Liverpool and over 1.5 goals in the game has odds of 10/11 (1.91) if going to Coral to place your bet.