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Liverpool vs Chelsea: Turkish delight for Reds in Super Cup

Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Preview and Predictions

Liverpool and Chelsea had contrasting starts to the season but now have the early chance to claim some silverware in the UEFA Super Cup.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

The traditional showdown between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League is all-English affair this season after their success in Europe last season.

Vodafone Park in Istanbul hosts the match where Chelsea are the clear underdogs to win their first trophy under Frank Lampard.

Match information

When is it? Wednesday 14th August

What time is kick-off? 20:00

Where is it being played? Vodafone Park, Istanbul

Which channel is it on? BT Sport 2

Who is the referee? Stephanie Frappart (France)

Liverpool vs Chelsea Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the Super Cup showdown we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Both of these teams ended last season with a European trophy but have had contrasting summers as they look to build on that success.

Little has changed at Liverpool after defeating domestic rivals Tottenham in the Champions League final in June and hopes are high at Anfield that they can again challenge for the Premier League title.

While that night in the Spanish capital and the aftermath are special memories for Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager insists they will not dull his side's hunger for more honours this season.

Asked what they need to do to build on their success, Klopp told the UEFA website: "Stay greedy. That's very important - I have no doubt about that, but it's clear that we have to do that.

"After the final we had about four weeks where everybody was (patting us on the back) and it was brilliant wherever we went. It's just nice, but in a different world things like this can soften you and it can take the power out of you a bit. We are not like this, but it's a fact that it could happen."

Chelsea's victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final was not enough to keep Maurizio Sarri in his job and Lampard has been handed a tough job in only his second season as a manager.

Sunday's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United highlighted the size of the task facing him and Liverpool have also had an extra two days to prepare for this fixture so the first of our Liverpool vs Chelsea predictions is the Reds to win by more than one goal at 31/20.

First goalscorer tips

Mo Salah wasted little time opening his account for the season, needing just 19 minutes to find the net against Norwich on Friday.

Three Liverpool players are listed at 7/2 in the first goalscorer odds but Salah can be backed at 4/1 thanks to a BetStars Odds Boost and that makes him the obvious selection ahead of Sadio Mane and Divock Origi.

Anytime goalscorer tips

It seems Virgil van Dijk can do little wrong at the moment and he was also on the scoresheet against Norwich when his height at a corner allowed him to head in the third goal.

He had to wait until December for his first goal last season but went on to score six goals in all competitions and is full of confidence at both ends of the pitch so we'll take 6/1 for Van Dijk to strike once again.

Where the game will be won or lost

Chelsea performed better than the scoreline suggested at Old Trafford on Sunday but this is another tough test for a youthful side.

Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount were handed starts against United and started brightly, with the former rattling a post when the score was still goalless.

The visitors arguably shaded the first half but trailed to a Marcus Rashford penalty before United ran riot after Anthony Martial had doubled their advantage shortly after the hour mark. Rashford scored once more before debutant Daniel James netted a fourth.

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta has called on Chelsea to quickly draw a line under what happened, saying: "We know that Chelsea always fights for everything. When you don't win, the questions around get more and more but we have to cope with it.

"We know that playing for Chelsea requires your best effort in every game so we have to learn from the game. We know that we can improve. We have to face it, take the responsibility and move forward.

"We have a trophy to fight for on Wednesday against a good team and we have to be ready for it."

Liverpool were also flattered by their 4-1 win against Norwich on Friday but blew their opponents away in the first half.

Klopp will look for another fast start and the first half to have the most goals looks worth adding to our Liverpool vs Chelsea betting tips at 13/5.

One factor in Chelsea's favour is the injury to Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, meaning new signing Adrian will take his place.

Team-mate Van Dijk insists that is not a problem though, saying: "I think he's at that kind of age, that stage of his life and career that he can come in and slot in to the team pretty easy. He's been through so many things in the Premier League he can just slot in pretty easy."

We tend to agree and the last of our Super Cup predictions is Liverpool to repeat their 2-0 victory against Chelsea in April which can be backed at 8/1.

Salah ended an eight-match drought with a glorious finish against Southampton and had a couple of decent chances against Porto.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football