Chelsea vs Villarreal: Kai Havertz can lead Blues to Super Cup glory

Trophy-hungry Chelsea will have the chance to lift more silverware when they take on Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup.

When: Wednesday, August 11, 8PM BST

Where: Windsor Park, Belfast

How to watch: BT Sport

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Best bets

Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 31/10

Chelsea to win by a one goal margin at 12/5

Kai Havertz to score anytime at 9/5

Unbeaten during pre-season. Romelu Lukaku on his way. A star-studded squad at the ready. Things are certainly looking up at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have enjoyed a productive off-season and are looking like the team to beat this season.

Thomas Tuchel has an opportunity to kick off the new campaign by winning a trophy - something their Premier League title challengers, Manchester City, failed to do in the Community Shield.

However, winning against Villarreal is certainly easier said than done. Unai Emery is a smooth operator and despite their poor pre-season results, he will do everything in his power to frustrate the Blues in Belfast.

Last six Super Cup finals

2020: Bayern Munich 2-1 Sevilla (AET)

2019: Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea (Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties)

2018: Atletico Madrid 4-2 Real Madrid (AET)

2017: Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United

2016: Real Madrid 3-2 Sevilla (AET)

2015: Barcelona 5-4 Sevilla (AET)

Kai Havertz is quickly repaying his transfer fee

When the Blues signed Kai Havertz for £70million, there were a few eyebrows raised.

For all his promise, there was still an element of risk behind the transfer. After all, Bayer Leverkusen were not Champions League regulars and the Bundesliga did not throw up the same challenges that are posed in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, the big transfer fee is beginning to reap rewards. Havertz scored the winning goal in last season's Champions League final triumph over Manchester City and was a consistent performer during the Premier League season too.

The player has also enjoyed a strong pre-season and even got on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win over Arsenal.

The 22-year-old is heading into the new season with plenty of confidence and he's certainly the man to watch in Belfast.

Most successful Super Cup winners

5 - Barcelona (1992, 1997, 2009, 2011, 2015)

5 - AC Milan (1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007)

4 - Real Madrid (2002, 2014, 2016, 2017)

4 - Liverpool (1977, 2001, 2005, 2019)

3 - Atletico Madrid (2010, 2012, 2018)

Boring but effective

Villarreal's Europa League win over Manchester United may not have been pretty, but at the end of the day, the trophy went back to Spain with the Yellow Submarine.

Emery managed in the Premier League and he knows what to expect from the Blues.

Question is, does he have the necessary tools to stop Thomas Tuchel's machine?

The Spaniards have strengthened over the summer with the signings of Juan Foyth, Boulaye Dia, Manu Morlanes and Aissa Mandi.

Those are all good quality players but whether they're capable of going head-to-head with the European champions remains to be seen.

Our indication though, would be no. Emery's side didn't win any of their pre-season games, losing three of their six off-season fixtures.

Seven goals conceded in three games would also suggest the Yellow Submarine may be about to sink in Belfast.

Goalscorer bets

The Super Cup rarely disappoints in the goalscoring department - the both teams to score bet has landed in eight of the last nine finals.

Goals are to be expected and one man who offers great value is Havertz. The Chelsea man loves to score on the big stage and at 9/5, he certainly presents an interesting betting opportunity.

Timo Werner, who is under pressure following a quiet first season, offers the shortest price in the anytime goalscorer market. The German is currently priced at 6/4 to light up Belfast.

From a Villarreal perspective, the main man is Gerard Moreno. At 23/10 he offers great value considering he's been banging in goals all pre-season.

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