Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Tips
The UEFA Super Cup always takes place on the eve of the new football season, with the winner of the Champions League and Europa League clashing at a neutral venue although both clubs are generally lukewarm when it comes to winning this particular piece of silverware.
On this occasion, we have two English teams who will be heading to Vodafone Park in Istanbul, the venue where Liverpool enjoyed one of their greatest European triumphs when coming back from 3-0 down in the 2005 Champions League final to eventually triumph on penalty kicks.
It’s worth noting the timing of this match, with the game scheduled for Wednesday 14 August and that is literally just days after the first round of Premier League matches, with neither team likely to field their strongest XI in this match as a result.
The bottom line is that Jurgen Klopp and whoever is the Chelsea manager come August will regard this match as an inconvenience and it’s therefore imperative to wait for team news if you are planning on having a bet on this game.
Klopp will be eyeing up a genuine Premier League title assault next season after narrowly falling short of Manchester City last term and will therefore want to keep his star players wrapped in cotton wool. We might only see Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold fleetingly if at all.
As for Chelsea, they begin the new campaign with a transfer embargo firmly in place and the team are also without Eden Hazard, a player who proved to be so inspirational for the Blues during the past five years.
Christian Pulisic will be like having a new signing, with the American having been signed for £58 million last January before returning on loan to Borussia Dortmund, although the attacking midfielder looks sure to be part of the Chelsea team next season.
We think this could be a closely-matched encounter between fringe players from both teams and are happy to back Chelsea on the Asian Handicap at odds-against.
Chelsea asian hcp +0.5 @ 2.05 (21/20) with bet365