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UEFA Super Cup success for Reds? Get Liverpool v Chelsea tips

Leigh Copson 6 Aug 2019
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (credit:MANUEL GEISSER via www.imago-images.de/Imago/PA Images)

Liverpool v Chelsea predictions for the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday, August 14. Will Champions League winners Liverpool enjoy another successful European night in Istanbul, or can Europa League winners Chelsea get their hands on the UEFA Super Cup trophy? Read on for all of our free betting tips and predictions.

Liverpool v Chelsea


Liverpool narrowly missed out on their first English title for almost 30 years as they were pipped to the post by Manchester City in May, but they bounced back from that disappointment to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League Final and become six time European champions. The last time they got their hands on the biggest prize on the continent they went on to win the UEFA Super Cup a few months later – can they repeat that feat on Wednesday, August 14?

Standing opposite the Reds in Istanbul – the city that hosted their famous 2005 Champions League Final fightback – are familiar foes in Premier League rivals Chelsea. The Blues endured something of a torrid 2018/19 campaign under the stewardship of Maurizio Sarri and it was no real surprise when he exited Stamford Bridge after just one season in charge, opting to return to his native Italy with champions Juventus. But before Sarri did depart he did lead Chelsea to silverware, masterminding a 4-1 rout of Arsenal in the Europa League Final that also secured a return to Europe’s top table this season. And of course, that also set up this all-English Super Cup showdown in Turkey.

Holding the reins for Chelsea on this European night will be club legend Frank Lampard, who completed his homecoming a couple of months ago following a relatively successful one-year stint as boss of Derby County. ‘Lamps’ inspired his team to a shock cup win at Manchester United during the 2018/19 campaign and also led them all the way to the Championship Play-off Final. However, he was unable to get the Rams over the line and following the Wembley defeat to Aston Villa it became almost inevitable that the rookie boss would agree to return to his old stomping ground as manager.

Lampard did eventually put pen-to-paper after the two clubs reached an agreement, and while the decision to appoint an inexperienced manager could be considered a questionable one, it was a pretty smart one by Chelsea considering the position they currently find themselves in. The Blues lost the services of star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer and they have been unable to replace him due to a transfer ban that is hanging over them, putting them at a disadvantage as their rivals in the race for the top four and the title strengthen. Appointing Lampard means fans are likely to give the club a little more grace then perhaps they would do under somebody who is not an iconic figure at the Bridge, but that patience could be tested by the baptism of fire he faces.

Lampard’s first competitive match as boss was a trip to Manchester United on the opening day of the Premier League season (this preview was written prior to that match) and for his second competitive outing he has to figure out how to beat a Liverpool side who lost just once in the Premier League last season and won the Champions League once again. And of course, this is a team that has not had to deal with managerial changes, the loss of star players or a transfer embargo over the past couple of months.

Yes, some of Liverpool’s star men are not quite up to speed yet after a summer spent at a major international tournament (the Copa America and Africa Cup of Nations), and yes they have endured some disappointing results during pre-season, but ultimately it will be between them and City to determine the champions this season and they are, quite simply, a much better team than the Blues, as evidenced by the gap between the two clubs this season. Chelsea may have finished directly behind the Merseyside giants in the table, but there was a whopping 25 points between the two clubs and that weakening of the Chelsea squad over the summer could lead to that deficit being even bigger this time around.

The UEFA Super Cup is Liverpool’s to lose and I do not expect them to come up short in Istanbul. Chelsea could give their supporters something to cheer by grabbing a goal though – they were scoring consistently throughout their pre-season schedule and Liverpool did struggle to keep the ball out of their net, with mistakes gifting goals to the opposition. And if you like a spot of history to back up a bet, eight of the last 10 meetings between the two clubs have seen both nets bulge. We could see more of the same here, with the experienced Klopp outwitting the inexperienced Lampard.

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