It will seem awfully early in the time to be considering European soccer (unless you’re a Wolves fan), but Liverpool’s face-off with Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup comes with a nice feel to it an intriguing curtain-raiser into the continental football season.
Champions League winners Liverpool very much picked up from where they left off prior campaign, placing newly-promoted Norwich to the sword at the Premier League opener. Chelsea, who naturally claimed the Europa League name, were very much on the receiving end of a demolition project at Old Trafford, in what has been a serious concerning opening screen for Frank Lampard to digest. The barefaced stats seem OK as far as Chelsea are concerned, however a 2.18-1.33 xG deficit tells a more damning narrative; Chelsea had plenty of efforts, but David de Gea was rarely stretched. ??
It should be pretty fascinating on Wednesday, however, the result is beyond any doubt in my view; Chelsea defended badly against Manchester United, and if they did sabotage the hosts early , it is not sufficient to convince me they will lay much of a glove on Jurgen Klopp’s guys.
There are simply insufficient goals in this Chelsea side. Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud won’t cut the mustard as a top six centre-forward should, although the loss of Eden Hazard will even take some time to get over.
You know what you get with Liverpool at this point, and it will be too much for Chelsea.
In 17/10, Liverpool to acquire with a -1 handicap looks a very good bet. The final meeting between these two ended 2-0 at the Reds’ favour, also Liverpool seem so much more powerful in most sections than Wednesday’s adversaries. ??
We were treated to our talk of VAR-fuelled controversy in Europe last year, and also UEFA’s interpretation of what represents a penalty being far stricter than the Premier League’s, I am funding a spot-kick to be awarded.
We watched Chelsea concede a penalty against Manchester United this weekend–Kurt Zouma the guilty party–and believing just 3 sides obtained more penalties in the Premier League than Liverpool last season, I would suggest the chances 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 either way, it’s not outlandish believe VAR will take center stage. ??
I have gone a little rogue for this previous suggestion, but it is for Virgil Van Dijk to score .
Hear me out here…
Though his goalscoring record in the first part of his Liverpool career was strangely paltry for a person of such stature, VVD has scored seven goals in his past 23 appearances for club and country, which is a very good yield from centre-back.
Of course, Liverpool have a whole number of players who will (and likely will) score on Wednesday, however, Van Dijk has already opened his account for the season with a goal against Norwich, and 25/1 for the Dutchman to get the internet against what looks like a fairly porous Chelsea is probably worth a nibble.

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