Premier League giants Liverpool and Chelsea face-off to decide this year’s UEFA Super Cup champion. That match, involving the previous season’s Champions League and Europa League winners, takes place on Wednesday evening from 20:00 GMT at the Vodafone Arena in Instanbul.
The 44th renewal of a tournament that has grown in popularity over the years, Wednesday’s match is noted as the first where the controversial VAR technology will be used and we’re sure it will be called into play at least once. Will it make a difference to the winner of this trophy?
Betting Has Liverpool as Favourites
Bookmakers have had their say on which side they expect to come out on top and have priced Liverpool as their most likely champions. The Reds are odds-on with every major betting firm and punters looking to follow that thinking will have to make do with the 8/13 available at Betfair. That’s tight but it’s better than the 4/7 trading with most other firms. If you do intend to back Liverpool, we’d suggest getting the most for your stake money and grabbing Betfair’s deal.
Chelsea have been written off and the odds at present tell us the Londoners are here just to make up the numbers. Will they fall into line or rally to upset the expectations of traders? It’s anyone’s guess at present but there’s sure to be plenty of attention in the 22/5 available at 10bet on Chelsea getting their name on the silverware, building on the Europa League glory achieved over Arsenal earlier this year.
For those who can’t split them there’s an eye-catching 16/5 – market best price at Betfair – on this tie ending in a draw and being forced into 30 minutes of extra time, penalties available if needed on the night. You can bet on the match to be decided by penalties. Liverpool to triumph from the spot is a cracking 12/1 at William Hill, the same price attached to Chelsea’s chances.
Mixed Fortunes in League Opener
Liverpool finished runners up in the Premier League last season and got off to a thrilling start when hammering Norwich on Friday night at Anfield. That was the first match of the new season and Jurgen Klopp’s boys certainly rose to the occasion, scoring through a Hanley own goal inside seven minutes. That was added to by Salah, van Dijk and Origi, all four goals scored in the first half. Klopp was full of praise for his side, telling members of the sporting press they played well for an hour against an opponent who has his complete respect.
Things didn’t go as well for Chelsea on the opening weekend of the 2019/20 season. They started with a road trip to Old Trafford and returned to the big smoke on the wrong side of a 4-0 beating. Rashford knocked in a penalty and there were also goals for Martial and James to complete the rout. A nightmare start for Frank Lampard in the dugout and he has a long season ahead of him if he isn’t able to improve his players. That result made headlines as it was the worst suffered by a Chelsea manager in his first match since way back in 1978. Work has to be done on the training ground.
As well as the UEFA Super Cup match betting there’s also a number of specials markets made available by bookmakers. Looking back at recent matches involving Liverpool and Chelsea we notice both teams scored in two of three games last season. Chelsea won 2-1 back in September of last year in the EFL Cup, a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge followed in the Premier League and Liverpool eased to a 2-0 win in the spare earlier this year.
Follow the form and back both teams to score on Wednesday a tempting 8/11, best price with William Hill. Push your luck a little further and go both score and Liverpool win at 21/10 with bet365. Both score and Chelsea win will net you 17/2 when getting your cash down at Betfair.
The first goal scorer betting is topped by Mohamed Salah who is an 18/5 favourite with 10bet. Next in line is Sadio Mane who is market best price at 9/2 with bet365 and the top three is completed by Divock Origi at 21/4, Unibet being the most generous bookie for that one.