Villarreal VS Chelsea 1-1 (5-6 After penalties)
Super Cup : Wednesday 11 August 2021 – 21: 00,Windsor Park in Belfast Stadium, kick-off 8pm, LiveText at FootballBetExpert
Champions League and Europa League winners meet in UEFA Super Cup.
Chelsea beat Man City in the Champions League final; Villarreal saw off Man United in the Europa League to claim their first ever European title; Chelsea won the Super Cup in 1998;
Manager Thomas Tuchel faces a selection dilemma for Wednesday’s clash with Villarreal as he chooses between first-team regulars who have recently returned from their summer breaks after featuring at Euro 2020, or fringe players who have undergone a full pre-season.
Possible Line up for Chelsea: Mendy, Rudiger, Zouma, Chalobah, Alonso, Kovacic, Kante, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Ziyech, Werner.
This will be another great opportunity for Thomas Tuchel to win a trophy.
The Head coach has indicated that Romelu Lukaku could make his Chelsea debut in the Super cup, if the club are able to get his deal through in time for tonight’s game.
Chelsea bought Belgian back to Stamford Bridge in a 110 million euro deal from Inter.
Chelsea have looked strong in pre-season having won four of their five matches so far.
Furthermore, Chelsea have only lost two of their last 12 games against Spanish opponents in European competition (W5 D5), while they were unbeaten in their six encounters with Spanish sides in their successful UEFA Champions League run in 2020-21 (W4 D2).
Villarreal are unbeaten in their last 15 games in European competition (W12 D3), with the most recent three coming against English opponents in last season’s UEFA Europa League.
Emery has doubtful for this game about winger Samuel Chukwueze, who continues to recover from a hip injury sustained against Arsenal in the Europa League semi-finals, while Dani Parejo will also miss out with a calf problem.
Moreover, recent Covid concerns have also seen Unai Emery’s options narrowed, and it remains to be seen if Etienne Capoue, Francis Coquelin, Geronimo Rulli and Vicente Iborra will feature.
Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Asenjo; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Gomez, Morlanes, Trigueros, Pino; Moreno, Nino
Winning the CL for the second time in their history obviously made the last season for Chelsea one of their best ever, but the Blues also had other respectable results. On the other hand the last season was truly historic for Villarreal with Unai Emery as Head coach, winning EL.
It’s hard to predict whether Chelsea winning the Champions League was a bigger surprise than Villarreal winning Europa League, but that turn of events will put these two legendary clubs against each other for the first time ever. Chelsea had better results in friendly matches than Villarreal and it’s obvious that they are the better team, so our prediction is for Chelsea to win this game. Furthermore, both teams have two of the best coaches worldwide at the moment.
While we expect Chelsea to win this match, we also think that both teams can score in this one. Both teams have scored in all three preparation games played by Chelsea, while the same is true for three of the four friendly matches that Villarreal played over the past few weeks. Also we predict Gerard Moreno to Score at Any Time.
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