Radamel to give Chelsea hell
European Super Cup
Chelsea v Atletico Madrid - 19:45 live on ITV1 & Sky Sports 2
It's the clash of last season's European champions as Champions League winning Chelsea go into battle against the Spanish Europa League winners Atletico Madrid. The Stade Louis II in the glitz of Monaco will play host for the last season before the final is moved around other venues.
Chelsea go into the game as 5/4 favourites after they won last season's big one with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich. Roberto Di Matteo has stated publicly that he will not be resting any players as they bid to add another European Trophy and maintain their solid start to the season domestically.
The only major absentee for Chelsea should be captain John Terry who will be serving his suspension for the red card he picked up in the semi-final clash with Barcelona. The others that were left behind in London were Marko Marin, Yossi Benayoun and Florent Malouda who all are all missing to varying degrees of injury. Frank Lampard however (9/1 First/Last, 10/3 Anytime) is expected to start and may well be handed the armband again in the absence of Terry.
The key player for the Blues will be marksman Fernando Torres (5/1 First/Last, 5/4 Anytime) who has made a blistering start to this season and will be eager to get one over his boyhood club for the first time since his departure. He is the subject of our enhanced anytime wincast and we've enhanced the price from 11/5 to 5/2! Also worth keeping an eye on is new signing Eden Hazard (8/1 First/Last, 11/4 Anytime), the Belgian international has made a very impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge and is eager to pick up a first trophy as a Chelsea player. He has been the spark so far for the Blues in an impressive midfield set up.
Atletico Madrid (11/5, Draw 9/4) have practically a fully fit squad to be selecting from as the long term injury absentee Kader is the only one that is not fit. Diego Simeone is however expected to name an unchanged side from the weekend as Los Colchoneros easily hammered Bilbao 4-0, the same side they beat in the final of the Europa League. An unchanged side will mean that Columbian hotshot Falcao (6/1 First/Last, 7/4 Anytime) will be starting against the side he was heavily rumoured to be joining in the summer, he got a hat-trick at the weekend and the Chelsea defence will certainly have a tough time containing him as he has two good feet and is good in the air. He is the subject of our enhanced anytime wincast and we've enhanced the price from 19/5 to 5/1!
Atletico are certainly no pushovers and have started the La Liga season in as impressive fashion as Chelsea have in the Premier League and they have the added advantage of knowing what it take to win in the Stade Louis II as they won this in 2010 again qualifying from a Europa League success. I think that the Spanish side will have just enough in their locker to edge out Chelsea and lift the trophy at 11/8. (Chelsea are 8/15).
There is plenty of attacking talent on both sides and both attacks have got off and running early this season and so both teams to score at 7/10 would be my banker in this fixture along with over 2 goals @ 19/20 as I fully expect the net to bulge several times in a thriller. My prediction would be a 3-1 win either way (Chelsea 18/1, Atletico 25/1) but for a little extra value 3-2 either way (Chelsea 28/1, Atletico 33/1) is definitely worth a small bet.
Falcao anytime @ 7/4
Both teams to score @ 7/10
Worth a punt:
Atletico 3-2 @ 33/1
Atletico to win in 90 minutes and Falcao to score: 5/1 (enhanced from 19/5)