European Super Cup: Chelsea and Villarreal ready to win the first trophy of the season
The 2021/22 season officially opens tonight with Chelsea and Villarreal! Who will take home the coveted European Super Cup trophy?
The European Super Cup is the great classic of the beginning of the season that sees the winners of the most important football competitions in Europe compete against each other: the Champions League and the Europa League.
This year it's up to Chelsea (Champions) and Villarreal (Europa L.) to battle with the aim of winning the first trophy of the season.
All in 90 minutes!
But in the event of a tie after the three final whistle we will see extra time with possible penalties.
Let's try to analyze odds, statistics and other useful details to better predict the final outcome of this interesting match! As usual, we will use the odds offered by the best bookmakers.
NEW SEASON READY TO GO!
A new European season is kicking off - that of 2021/2022 - with a great classic: the challenge of the European Super Cup - 46th edition - which this year pits Chelsea (winner of the Champions League) and Villarreal (winner of the Europa League).
Teams on the field starting at 8.55 pm at Windsor Park in Belfast.
Curiosity: this is the seventh final of the Euro Cup in history that sees a Spanish and an English team face off. In the palmares of this competition, Chelsea have lost their last three finals (2012, 2013, 2019) with four appearances in total, winning this competition in their first appearance in 1998.
Since its creation, the competition has been won by 24 teams from 12 different countries. The clubs that have repeatedly written their name in the roll of honor are Barcelona and Milan, with 5 statements each; Milan and Real Madrid are also the only teams (excluding Ajax, which made its first unofficial edition and the first managed by UEFA) to have won two consecutive editions of the Super Cup (in 1989 and 1990 for the Rossoneri ; in 2016 and 2017 for madridisti).
Barcelona is also the team that has played the most finals (nine) with five wins (in 1992, 1997, 2009, 2011 and 2015) and four defeats (in 1979, 1982, 1989 and 2006). The record of lost finals is for Sevilla (five defeats, in 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2020, compared to one success in 2006).
HOW CHELSEA AND VILLAREAL ARRIVE
The conditions for an electrifying match are all there!
The Blues, returning from a super season, certainly have much more experience than the Spaniards in the international arena! Villareal, on the other hand, is in his absolute presence in the Super Cup but, in the last edition of the Europa League, he showed he was not afraid of the international stage, putting in a good game and a lot of "head".
Estimates tell us that five of the last six editions of this competition have ended with extra time and / or penalties, with goals for both teams on the pitch.
The premises to continue with this statistic of equal in the 90 minutes, are certainly lower since Chelsea could close the games already in regulation time, but an outcome with a goal both teams would not be excluded.
Curiosity: Unai Emery, current Villareal manager, lost both cups when he led Sevilla in 2014 and 2015.
Analyzing the aspect of the pre-season condition, both the Spanish Liga and the English Premier, start the 2021/22 season this week, so both Chelsea and Villareal will start with the same level of physical preparation as their men on the pitch.
PROBABLE 22 ON THE FIELD
Chelsea (3-4-3) - Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kovacic, Kante, Alonso; Ziyech, Werner; Havertz.
Reserves: Kepa, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, James, Emerson, Jorginho, Kantè, Pulisic, Mount, Abraham. Coach: Tuchel
Villarreal (4-4-2) - Rulli; Gaspar, Foyth, Albiol, Pedraza; Coquelin, Morlanes, Trigueros, Dia; Moreno, Alcacer.
Reserves: Asenjo, Pau Torres, Estupinan, Moreno, Pena, Iborra, Chukwueze, Raba, Moi Gomez, Capoue.
Timo Werner was one of two Chelsea players to have scored in three different UEFA competition matches last season, including an opening goal against Real Madrid. As for Villarreal, Gerard Moreno has scored the opening goal in five of their last eight Europa League games.
More details of the match
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Referee assistants: Igor Demeshko (Russia), Maksim Gavrilin (Russia)
Fourth Official: Alexey Kulbakov (Belarus)
VAR referee: Marco Fritz (Germany)
VAR assistants: Pawe? Gil (Poland), Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Reserve assistant: Filippo Meli (Italy)
Prediction of Chelsea -Villareal?
For this very important match, we opt for bets in favor of the Blues, given that the technical depth of the players coached by Tuchel is certainly more high than the opponents.
For safety we will opt for a comfortable double chance 1X, or we risk on 1 fixed at 1.68.VISIT OUR SECTION DEDICATED TO THE BEST WELCOME BONUSES!.