Champions League winners Liverpool take on Europa League champions Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup at Istanbul's Vodafone Park.
Vodafone Arena, Istanbul, Turkey
Key Stat: Chelsea have lost their last two UEFA Super Cup participations, in 2012 and 2013.
Expert Verdict: The two teams could not have started the domestic season in more contrasting form. Liverpool bounced back from their Community Shield penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester City by thrashing Norwich, while Chelsea suffered a punishing 4-0 loss to Manchester United.
Adrian is set to play in goal after Alisson was forced off injured in the first-half of their opening Premier League game against Norwich. Sadio Mane was a substitute for that game, but the Senegalese winger may have to be patient in waiting for his return to the staring XI, with Divock Origi in top form.
Mohamed Salah – Scored one and assisted another in the 4-1 win against Norwich to start the new Premier League season in top form once again.
Divock Origi – Deserves another start after opening his account for the season in the win against Norwich. This is a big chance to prove he is worth a regular place in that front three.
Virgil van Dijk – Set up Liverpool’s goal in the Community Shield, and also hit the bar in that game, but scored against Norwich. And his attacking work is only secondary to what he offers at the back.
After a mixed bag of pre-season results, Liverpool lost the Community Shield on penalties at Wembley. Joel Matip scored a second-half equaliser, but Georginio Wijnaldum’s missed penalty proved costly. They bounced back for the start of the Premier League season, however – racing into a 4-0 lead after an own goal, Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi put them in firm control. Norwich hit back after the break, but the Reds won 4-1.
Defenders:Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson
Midfielders:Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho
Forwards:Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi
Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham started the heavy defeat to Manchester United first up, with Frank Lampard defending the decision to opt for youth given injuries to the likes of Willian and Antonio Rudiger. N’Golo Kante could start this match, however, after featuring from the bench last time out.
Tammy Abraham – This is a big year for the young striker, who was entrusted to lead the line last time out. Could this be his breakthrough season at Chelsea?
N’Golo Kante – Having featured from the bench last time out, his addition in midfield would bolster Chelsea’s core and he needs to be on top form to nullify Liverpool’s threat.
Andreas Christensen – One of the players criticised by Jose Mourinho in his punditry role last time out, the Danish defender must do better against Liverpool’s fabled front three.
Chelsea enjoyed a relatively successful pre-season, but Frank Lampard’s first competitive game could not have gone much worse. The Blues were hammered 4-0 at Old Trafford, paying the price for too many individual errors.
Defenders:Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Emerson
Defensive Midfielders:N Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic
Attacking Midfielders:Pedro, Ross Barkley, Christian Pulisic
Victory in their most-recent match against the Blues, in April, was Liverpool’s 78th in this fixture. Earlier last season they recorded their 41st draw against each other, while Chelsea have beaten Liverpool on 63 occasions – most recently in last year’s Carabao Cup. This will be their first Super Cup meeting, but last season’s matches saw Chelsea win 2-1 in the Carabao Cup, before Daniel Sturridge rescued a late Liverpool point in a 1-1 draw in the league game at Stamford Bridge three days later. Eden Hazard had put Chelsea in front. The reverse fixture, at Anfield, saw Sadio Mane and Mo Salah score in quick succession after the break, as Liverpool won 2-0.
Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
Apr 14, 2019: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea
Sep 29, 2018: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Sep 26, 2018: Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
May 06, 2018: Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
Nov 25, 2017: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Liverpool bounced back from their Community Shield defeat by getting the new Premier League season off to the perfect start. They were ruthless in attack as they beat Norwich.
Chelsea, on the other hand, were anything but ruthless – making too many errors as they suffered a 4-0 reverse to Manchester United.
That raised a lot of questions of this youthful Chelsea team and there are likely to be plenty more if the Liverpool juggernaut can keep rolling in this game.
Mo Salah is already back in the goals (and got an assist), while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson threatened as flying wing backs and Virgil van Dijk bagged another goal.
With attacking threats throughout the team, Liverpool can put Chelsea to the sword just as Manchester United did.
For Chelsea’s part, they do have some players still to bring in. N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic were on the bench last time out, for example.
They have a lot to do to close the gap on the big sides, however, based on Sunday’s evidence. With less time for recovery too, all of these factors add up to what could be a difficult night in Istanbul for the Blues.
Liverpool are favourites to beat Chelsea at 8/13 with Betfair and Betway, having been on top form on Friday night.
The Reds were ruthless in attack, where Chelsea struggled and you can also back Liverpool to win to nil at 9/5 with Betway.
Likewise betting against both teams to score may be profitable at 23/20 with Betfair. After Liverpool scored four, however, and Chelsea conceded as many, over 2.5 goals will return 4/6 with Bet365 and Betfair.
Mo Salah got off the mark against Norwich and he is a best price of 5/4 to score at any time against his former team with Ladbrokes.
Liverpool hit the ground running in the Premier League, while Chelsea suffered a chastening defeat at Old Trafford. The Blues have too much to make up after that game to consider them to have a chance of beating Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are favourites.