Two English clubs will meet in the UEFA Super Cup as the Champions League winners Liverpool take on the Europa League winners Chelsea, and this is our Super Cup Betting Pick.
Klopp’s side failed to win the Premier League last year, but they managed to beat Tottenham Hotspur in a battle for the European crown. Chelsea, on the other hand, had a strong finish of the 2018-19 campaign and secured the third spot in England and also defeated Arsenal to get the Europa League. Liverpool are the favourites in this one, and the odds significantly dropped after Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Manchester United. Let’s take a look at our Super Cup Betting Pick for the clash with the Blues.
Super Cup Betting Pick: Liverpool vs Chelsea
• UEFA Super Cup
• Vodafone Park, Besiktas
• Wednesday 14 August
• 21:00 CET
Liverpool Team News and Latest Form
Champions League winners Liverpool take on Europa League champions Chelsea in the 44th UEFA Super Cup. This will be the first-ever all-English USC, and Liverpool have a little advantage, given that this match has been won by the reigning UCL holders 23 times (53.49%).
Liverpool were also the last English side to win this trophy, doing so in 2005, and this will be their sixth appearance (W3, L2). Victory would see the Reds move to joint-second in the all-time list behind Barcelona and Milan (five USC wins each). Encouragingly, Liverpool are unbeaten in six UEFA competition matches against fellow English sides (W4, D2).
The second goalscorer vs Norwich on Friday night, Mohamed Salah scored a screamer from outside the box in the second half of the last H2H. The Champions League winner has won seven of the last ten finals, five of which have needed either extra time (four times) or penalties (once) to be decided.
The Reds opened the Premier League with an emphatic 4-1 win over Norwich City but lost their goalkeeper Alisson, who suffered a calf injury in the first half. The Brazilian shot-stopper is sidelined for this tilt while Jurgen Klopp also cannot count on Nathaniel Clyne.
Chelsea Team News and Latest Form
Chelsea will appear in their fourth Super Cup (W1, L2), losing in both 2012 and 2013. Their recent start to the Premier League campaign could not have been worse with Frank Lampard’s first match in charge ending in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United. They didn’t deserve to lose by that much, but if the Blues defend on Wednesday as they did at Old Trafford, only a miracle can save them.
Against Liverpool, however, Chelsea have conceded more than one goal just once in the last six competitive H2Hs (W2, D3, L1). Three of those matches ended 1-1, and a whopping 75% of the goals in these matches arrived after the break.
Olivier Giroud showed his European pedigree by scoring in the Europa League final, and he’s scored six goals in 11 starts against Liverpool. Liverpool have won three of four UEFA penalty shootouts entered, while Chelsea have won just two of five.
Frank Lampard will be without Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (both Achilles tendon) and Antonio Rudiger (knee) while William is doubtful with a thigh injury.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Head to Head
Liverpool won three of the previous ten duels (D5, L2) including the latest Premier League clash when it was 2-0 at Anfield. These two teams have a history of playing against each other in the European competitions, but they haven’t met in this decade.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Super Cup Betting Pick
Chelsea scored more than one goal against Liverpool only once in the last five years. Without Eden Hazard, I don’t think they are going to pose much of a threat to Virgil van Dijk and co. The fact that the Reds are playing with Adrian at the goal could be a chance for the Blues. However, their catastrophic defending against Manchester United is an open invitation for Salah, Mane, and Firmino to fill Kepa’s net.
Although the odds dropped from 2.00 (+100) to 1.60 (-165), my Liverpool vs Chelsea Super Cup Betting Pick is Liverpool to win and to score two or more goals at 3.00 (+200). In case they score exactly two goals and win, you’ll get your stake back. You can also check out which was my betting pick for Liverpool’s game against Norwich City.