Liverpool and Chelsea will go head-to-head in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup in what will be a history-making occasion for European football.
Premier League clubs secured all four places in the Champions League and Europa League finals last season, guaranteeing that the Super Cup would be contested by two English sides for the first ever time.
Vodafone Park, Istanbul, will host the game on August 14, 2019, making it the first time in history the fixture has been staged in Turkey.
Stephanie Frappart will be the first female referee to take charge of a major UEFA match in Istanbul, while the game will also feature the use of Video Assistant Referee for the first time. Read on as we assess the two sides ahead of the game.
Liverpool aiming to put poor pre-season behind them
Liverpool are 4/5 favourites in the football betting online to win the match, despite producing some indifferent form during pre-season.
The Reds were defeated by Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli ahead of the new campaign, before being beaten on penalties by Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Manager Jurgen Klopp named a strong starting XI against City, but they played poorly during the first half of the game at Wembley.
Liverpool improved after the break to send the match to a shoot-out, but City took full advantage of Georginio Wijnaldum’s miss to claim the first silverware of the season.
A busy summer on the international front has disrupted Liverpool’s preparations and they will be hoping it doesn’t affect them too much against Chelsea.
Chelsea hoping to impress new manager
Chelsea were unbeaten during their pre-season fixtures to make a solid start to life under new manager, Frank Lampard.
The Blues have adopted a more expansive style of play this summer, although one clean sheet in six matches highlights that they need to tighten up at the back.
Second half penalties by Ross Barkley and Tammy Abraham secured a 2-2 at Borussia Monchengladbach in their final pre-season friendly, although Lampard will have been concerned by some of his team’s defending before the break.
His task this summer has been made more difficult by the club’s transfer embargo, but that has given some of Chelsea’s youngsters to stake their claim ahead of the new season.
Lampard’s side can be backed at 17/5 to defeat Liverpool and that price will certainly attract punters seeking a bit of value.
Prediction:Liverpool have lost just two of their last 10 meetings with Chelsea in all competitions, but their pre-season form has been less than impressive. With that in mind, Chelsea look a great bet to win the Super Cup for the second time in their history.