Chelsea and Villarreal lock horns in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday in Belfast in the first big international game of the new season. Both sides will be eager to start off with a trophy, but with many players returning late from Euro 2020, physical condition will be crucial.
Where and when: Windsor Park – 11 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Chelsea vs. Villarreal: BT Sport
Last time: History will be made on Wednesday as Chelsea and Villarreal have never locked horns in an official game before.
Chelsea v Villarreal Predictions and Preview
Chelsea surprised everyone by reaching the Champions League final and defeating a heavily favorited Manchester City by 1-0 at Estadio do Dragao in Porto.
Thomas Tuchel has done miracles with what appeared to be a non-cohesive Blues’ team once he took over and the chances are that Chelsea will look even better this term. Romelu Lukaku is expected to return to the club after Inter had reportedly accepted an offer of £97.5m plus various of bonuses for the Belgian star.
Lukaku’s arrival should solve what was Chelsea’s biggest weakness last term, as the Blues were lacking a prolific center forward with both Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud failing to convince completely.
The Champions League winners played three friendly games after Euro 2020 finished, as Tuchel’s men defeated by 2-1 Bournemouth and Arsenal, before throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against Tottenham.
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Chelsea to win
Under 2.5 goals
Jorginho to score
Villarreal, meanwhile, played four friendlies in the same period, but Unai Emery’s men are yet to earn a victory. A goalless draw against Levante was followed up by a 2-1 defeat against Marsille, while two games against English teams followed.
First Leicster defeated the Yellow Submarine by 2-1, before the Spaniards earned a 2-2 draw against Leeds in what was a far from perfect build up to the UEFA Super Cup final.
Unai Emery has lost all three of his attempts to lift the trophy after at Sevilla, but Villarreal cannot be taken lightly, as they upset Manchester United in the Europa League final and have a coach, who knows how to win in Europe.
Chelsea enter the clash as heavy 4/9 favorites to win the cup, while Villarreal are 13/8 to lift the trophy for the first time in their history. A victory for the Spanish side within 90 minutes is priced at 18/5, while the same bet for Chelsea can be placed at 5/6.
One to watch for Chelsea: Kai Havertz scored the winner for Chelsea in the Champions League final and the German international will aim to do the same against Villarreal. The 22-year-old was arguably the best player for Germany at Euro 2020 and is 5/1 to open the score in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday.
One to watch for Villarreal: Gerard Moreno failed to make the difference for Spain at Euro 2020, but the 29-year-old forward has been impeccable for Villarreal. Moreno scored 30 goals for the Yellow Submarine last term, including the opener in the Europa League final against Manchester United. The Spanish international is 5/1 to do the same against Chelsea, so watch out for him in the first scorer market.
Long shot: Despite his miss from the shoot-out at the Euro 2020 final, Jorginho remains one of the best penalty takers in the game. The Italian is likely to be taking penalties for his club once again this term, so you can back him up to score against Villarreal at 7/1. If you are looking for even bigger odds you can pair this with a Chelsea victory at 27/2.