It does seem awfully early in the summer to be thinking about European football (unless you are a Wolves fan), but Liverpool’s face-off together with Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup has a wonderful feel to it an interesting curtain-raiser to the continental football season. Champions League winners Liverpool very much picked up from where they left off campaign, putting newly-promoted Norwich to the sword at the Premier League opener. Chelsea, who naturally claimed the Europa League title, were very far on the receiving end of a demolition job at Old Trafford, in what had been quite a concerning opening display for Frank Lampard to digest. The barefaced stats look OK as much as Chelsea are concerned, however a 2.18-1.33 xG shortage tells a more damning story; Chelsea had lots of efforts, but David de Gea was rarely stretched. ?? It should be pretty interesting on Wednesday, but the outcome is beyond no doubt in my opinion; Chelsea defended badly against Manchester United, and if they did sabotage the hosts early on, it’s not enough to convince me they’ll lay much of a glove on Jurgen Klopp’s guys. There are just insufficient goals on this Chelsea side. Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud will not cut the mustard at a top six centre-forward should, while the reduction of Eden Hazard will even have some time to get over. You know what you get with Liverpool now, and it will be too much for Chelsea. At 17/10, Liverpool to triumph using a -1 disability looks a very good bet. The final meeting between these two finished 2-0 from the Reds’ favour, and Liverpool look so much stronger in all departments than Wednesday’s adversaries. ?? We were treated to our talk of VAR-fuelled controversy in Europe last year, and also UEFA’s interpretation of what represents a penalty being far more powerful than the Premier League’s, I’m funding a spot-kick to be granted. We watched Chelsea concede a penalty against Manchester United this weekend–Kurt Zouma the guilty party–and believing only 3 sides received more penalties in the Premier League compared to Liverpool last season, I would suggest the likelihood of the referee pointing to the spot are rather high, particularly since it is a cup final (or types ). Naturally, Chelsea can also win a punishment, but either way, it’s not outlandish believe VAR will take centre stage. ?? I’ve gone a small rogue for this last suggestion, but it is for Virgil Van Dijk to score first. Hear me out here… Though his goalscoring record in the early portion of his Liverpool career was strangely plump for a person of such stature, VVD has scored seven goals in his last 23 appearances for club and country, which can be a very solid yield from centre-back. Obviously, Liverpool have a whole variety of gamers who will (and probably will) score first on Wednesday, however, Van Dijk has already opened his account for the season with a goal from Norwich, also 25/1 for the Dutchman to locate the internet against what seems like a fairly porous Chelsea is probably worth a nibble.