Liverpool return to the city of one of their greatest ever European nights looking to leave Istanbul with Jurgen Klopp’s second Liverpool trophy. However, a certain Frank Lampard will be looking for a big reaction from his new Chelsea squad in a match that promises as much intrigue as it does action.
English sides are riding high in European football right now and if past history between Liverpool and Chelsea is anything to go by, we should be in for a thriller. There have been 19 goals in the last four European games between the Reds and the Blues and based on last season’s scoring records in the Premier League, there is little to suggest anything other than another goal fest. Especially with fully fit squads to choose from making goals galore the sensible way to go with popular sportsbooks.
OVER THREE GOALS IN THE GAME
71 goals in 104 games for Liverpool is a record that speaks for itself and little wonder that Egyptian Mo Salah is one of the favourites with online betting sites to top the Premier League scoring charts for a third year in a row. Fully fit and all but guaranteed to start, backing Salah to net in the game is a smart way to go.
MOHAMED SALAH TO SCORE ANYTIME
Remarkably, Liverpool have failed to score in the opening 45 minutes in their last six games against Chelsea in all competitions. That is a run that stretches back to September 2016. Chelsea have often been a fast-starting side meaning although Liverpool are favourites to lift the trophy, hedging your bets and backing the Blues to win at least one half is a smart move.
CHELSEA TO WIN AT LEAST ONE HALF
Head to Head
The pair last met in the European action back during the 2008-09 season. The pair played out a thrilling two-legged quarter-final affair in which Chelsea took a 1-3 lead at Anfield before a 4-4 draw was played out back at Stamford Bridge to send Chelsea through to the last four 7-5 on aggregate.
Overall, the two sides have met 10 times in European action with Liverpool claiming two wins, Chelsea three and a total of five draws.
This will be the first ever all-English UEFA Super Cup contest.
Liverpool have won the Super Cup three times (last in 2005) in five appearances.
Chelsea have won the Super Cup just once (1998 v Real Madrid) in three appearances prior to this game.
The match will see an English club make it eight Super Cup wins – Only Spanish (15) and Italian (9) sides have won more.
Both teams to score and Liverpool to lift the trophy
As mentioned above, 19 goals in the pairs last four European head to heads leaves us with an exciting prospect on our hands in Istanbul. Liverpool are unchanged from the side that enjoyed a scoring spree last season and although Chelsea did say farewell to Eden Hazard, 25-goal man Tammy Abraham looks set to get his chance and lead the Blues attack line. Eight of the last ten games between the two in all competitions has seen both teams score only adding to the intensity of the game. However, as the Reds finished 25-points clear of Chelsea in the Premier League last season, backing Liverpool to win is the only way to go.
Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
All Predictions by Darren Williamson