The UEFA Super Cup is an all-English affair!
<div><h2>Liverpool vs Chelsea</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-super-cup/chelsea-fc-vs-liverpool-fc-3870921/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Wednesday, August 14, at Vodafone Arena</strong></a></p><p>Premier League rivals Liverpool and Chelsea will head Istanbul to contest the UEFA Super Cup at the Vodafone Arena on Wednesday evening. English clubs dominated Europe last season, as the Reds beat Spurs in the Champions League final and Chelsea thrashed Arsenal in the Europa League final. Now they will face one another in the Super Cup and Liverpool are the clear favourites to secure more silverware. They began their season by thumping Norwich 4-1 on Friday night and they should be well rested in time for this showdown in Istanbul, a city they have fond memories of.</p><p>Chelsea have gone backwards since winning the Europa League last season. Star man Eden Hazard left for Real Madrid, manager Maurizio Sarri returned to Italy to take the reins at Juventus and the club’s transfer ban prevented them from bolstering the squad. New boss Frank Lampard is inexperienced and he has had to turn to youth to plug gaping holes in his squad. It was a disaster at the weekend, as they lost 4-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. They could be tired, low on confidence and jaded by the time they enter the fray at the Vodafone Arena.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Sadio Mané is in contention to return to Liverpool’s starting 11 for this match and that would hand manager Jurgen Klopp a huge boost. The other two members of Liverpool’s fabled attacking triumvirate – Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino – looked sharp against Norwich, and Mané has the pace and movement to terrorise Chelsea’s defenders even further. The big concern for Klopp is the goalkeeper, as Alisson will be out for a few weeks with a muscle injury. Loris Karius cannot be recalled from loan, Simon Mignolet left the club this summer, and new signing Adrian, formerly of West Ham, has been thrust into the limelight. They do not have a backup to him, so they made need an emergency signing.</p><p>Chelsea were without key men Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Willian for that 4-0 defeat to Man Utd. Kante could return for this game, but the other two are expected to be sidelined for a while longer. Lampard put his faith in youngsters Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount for their season opener, and they could hold onto their places. The Blues will need experienced heads like Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Matteo Kovacic and Pedro to deliver on Wednesday if they are to stand a chance in this game.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Earlier this week, you could get odds of 1.80 (4/5) on a Liverpool win and punters lapped it up. Now the best price available is 1.62 (8/13) at Betway and that still looks good for an accumulator, as Liverpool look vastly superior to Chelsea right now. The Blues typically do well in big games, but they could struggle this season. Former striker Chris Sutton compared Lampard’s plight to being thrust into an Olympic rowing final, placed in a rubber dinghy and shorn of the services of Steve Redgrave. Liverpool should be able to win this without too much trouble.</p><p><strong>Betting Tips: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Coral">Liverpool to win and over 1.5 goals at 1.85 (17/20) with Coral</a>; <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Liverpool -0.75 Asian handicap at 1.74 (8/11) with Unibet</a></strong></p></div>