Attentions turn to the new domestic football season but there’s one match which takes place on 14 August that will be of particular interest to British football fans. the UEFA Super Cup isn’t followed as closely in the UK as it is in other European countries, but this year’s renewal will be different as it pairs Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea.
The Super Cup matches the Champions League and Europa League winners of the previous season in a shoot-out to be crowned kings of the continent. It usually amounts to little more than a glamourous friendly, but things should be different here as both sides aim to put down a marker for the upcoming season.
Premier League Rivals go Head-to-Head
Liverpool and Chelsea face off in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup at Vodaphone Park in Istanbul on Wednesday 14 August from 8.00pm GMT and armchair fans can keep pace with the action live on BT Sport. Who will come out on top? The Reds are betting favourites, as you might expect, but new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will see this as a real opportunity to send out a message of intent to his rivals and he can do just that by upsetting the odds and leading his team to victory.
This promises to be an exciting match, but bookmakers offer viewers the chance to increase their interest with a bet on the outcome. There are hundreds of exciting and competitively priced markets available on this one, from match-winner and first goalscorer to total goals and even handicap betting. You’ll find all your favourite markets available as well as a healthy addition of specials, each aimed at affording backers the chance to boost their betting balance while watching the big match live. Where does the smart money go?
Our team of football tipsters and sports betting experts aim to find out. We preview the fixture, reading over team news, form and even the head-to-head stats before returning with our views on the bets worth having. We’ve also done the hard work on your behalf, comparing the betting odds offered by different bookmakers, flagging up with firms are market best price. Knowing that will be the difference between making a profit and losing out over the course of a season. You’ll be glad to learn many of the pre-match markets remain live throughout the course of the match thanks to in-play betting. This means a financial interest in the outcome is possible, and just as exciting, in the final few minutes as it is before kick-off.
Have your say on the market of your choice before the first whistle or keep your stake money aside until you get a better idea of how both teams are going to set-up. There’s no point backing over 2.5 goals if the match is a tense, nervy affair with neither side keen on taking chances and risking injury in the early exchanges of the new Premier League season. Waiting will also allow you an early look at which players fancy a goal and even the mood of the referee. Will he be card happy, give a penalty or let the game flow? Knowing this is benefits of betting in play.
Liverpool Will Take all the Stopping
Liverpool finished last season on a high, ending second in the Premier League, despite losing fewer matches than two-in-a-row champions Manchester City, and going one better to win the UEFA Champions League. The Reds beat Tottenham in the final and did it in convincing fashion too, learning the lessons from the year before when they were beaten in the final by Real Madrid. Will Jurgen Klopp and co make it third finals on the bounce? They will take all the stopping in the defence of their title, that’s for sure.
They appear to have gone off the boil since, however, suffering a bit of a hangover from those wild celebrations and this summer’s pre-season campaign seemed to throw up more questions than answers. It was a damp squib and there’s reason for fans to worry ahead of the new season. Will it prove little more than a hiccup at a time of year when results are less important than fitness and match sharpness, or is it a sign of things to come for the rest of the year? There’s only one way to find out and although we won’t get an answer to those questions from this match, the Super Cup will give us an idea of how much hunger to perform on the big stage remains in the Liverpool dressing room.
The team were so determined to make up for that defeat to Real Madrid, but what comes next for the team? It takes a special kind of player to keep driving forward on the back of a successful campaign when their dreams came true. The club recently announced the signing of former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer. He was brought in to replace Simon Mignolet who joined Club Bruges. The shot-stopper was released by The Hammers earlier this summer after making 150 appearances in six years. He will serve as a back up to first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker but isn’t expected to see a lot of action for the remainder of 2019.
Betting Supports a Liverpool Win
Liverpool are favourites in the betting to beat Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final and punters who agree with that stance will find The Reds available at 4/5 with Unibet. That’s market best price and, if you’re backing Liverpool, we advise getting your cash down at Unibet as most of their competition offer much less of a price on the same outcome, with most firms offering as tight as 8/11. That will never do, and it makes no sense to take less of a price in what should be a close contest.
If you’d prefer to go against the grain and take a bigger price for your stake money, you’ll find Chelsea available at 7/2, a price you’ll get at bet365. We saw the Community Shield finish all square recently and this match to end level after 90 minutes is 11/4 when doing your betting at 10bet. The latter is sure to prove popular and it’s a bigger price than we expected to find. Frank Lampard will set the blues out to defend in the early stages, aiming to hit an attacking opponent with quick counter-attacks.
There are plenty of specials markets available to those who prefer to avoid picking a winner on Wednesday. Both teams to score is a lively alternative and has been scratched up at 3/4 by bet365. There’s enough there to back for a decent stake as a single but that bet is more likely to appear in accumulators and midweek multiples. This match runs alongside Champions League and Europa League qualifiers, so there’s enough to give acca players an interest. If you prefer to have your cash on a low scoring match you can take no in the both teams to score market at 21/20 with Ladbrokes.
There are bigger prices available if taking more of a risk and correctly predicting the both score and win market. Liverpool to win in a game where both sides find the net is 5/2, best price at Ladbrokes. With that bet you’re looking for The Reds to win at least 2-1. You can have the same bet on Chelsea who are available at 15/2 (bet365) and that’s a massive price. The scoring draw is yours at 7/2 with Betfair.