The Premier League has returned, and the opening weekend has served up a trolley full of talking points, not least the introduction of VAR and how influential it might be to the outcome of the domestic campaign.
For now, we take a short break, turning our attention to a mouth-watering occasion on Wednesday evening, with interest-only intensified after the weekend’s exploits: it’s Liverpool vs Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.
Read on below as our football expert previews the action, whilst taking a look at all the best odds. For all of our UEFA Super Cup markets, head to Grosvenorsport.com.
We’ve had a couple of opportunities to look at Liverpool’s start to the new season: the narrow penalty defeat to Man City in the Community Shield, and Friday’s victory against Norwich in the 2019/20 Premier League curtain-raiser.
Despite the absence of Sadio Mane, who has taken an extended break due to his heavy summer schedule, Liverpool has looked strong for the most part, with Divock Origi slotting in well for Mane against Norwich, finding the net when called upon.
Mo Salah has been electric since minute one against Man City and, although his end product has left something to be desired over the initial 180 minutes, he looks a strong contender for Liverpool’s top goalscorer, and will only grow into the campaign as he remains electric as ever down the right-hand side, dazzling his markers with sharp movement.
By contrast, Frank Lampard’s start to life as a Premier League manager could not have gone any worse, overseeing 4-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
It’s a match in which Chelsea seemed to have a foothold in for 65 minutes, despite being one goal behind, with Tammy Abraham and Emerson striking the woodwork. But, two quickfire goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, capitalising on the Blues’ lapse in concentration, had their opponents reeling, and Daniel James’ effort in the final stages made sure of a damning defeat for the Londoners in the north-west.
Can you really look past Liverpool on Wednesday evening? Chelsea really felt the absence of N’Golo Kante on Sunday – their midfield of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic left an obvious susceptibility to the United counter-attack, and Liverpool will smell blood should Kante not be fit to start in midweek.
We’re tipping Liverpool to win without Chelsea scoring, which you can get here at 9/5. We’ve also got one eye on Salah for this match, with his marker Cesar Azpilicueta looking shaky on his return on Sunday – you can get Salah to score a brace at 7/1.