Chelsea v Villarreal betting tips: Tuchel may take cautious approach
Preview and odds for Wednesday’s Super Cup clash
The Champions League winners take on the Europa League victors in the UEFA Super Cup in Belfast on Wednesday and we look at the odds for some Chelsea v Villarreal betting tips.
Villarreal manager Unai Emery believes counterpart Thomas Tuchel will not be able to field his strongest Chelsea team ahead of the Premier League season opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The clash at Windsor Park, Belfast, kicks off at 8.00pm and is live on BT Sport 1.
Chelsea v Villarreal match odds
Chelsea defied all odds to win the Champions League last season, beating Manchester City 1-0 in the Porto final, and are favourites to win the Super Cup in 90 minutes at 3/4.
The Blues completed their pre-season with a 2-2 draw against Tottenham in the Mind Series.
At least eight first-team players, including Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Thiago Silva, and Mason Mount did not feature in any pre-season game, although Tuchel organised an in-house behind-closed-doors game on Saturday to assess fitness ahead of the Super Cup clash.
Reece James, Mount, Ben Chilwell, Silva, Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri returned to Chelsea training on Monday following their respective countries’ deep run in international tournaments over the summer.
Villarreal won last season’s Europa League, beating Manchester United on penalties in the final.
The Spanish side drew 2-2 in a friendly with Leeds United on Saturday and the ‘Yellow Submarine’ are 18/5 to win the Super Cup in 90 minutes.
Villarreal only had two late pre-season arrivals; Gerard Moreno and Pau Torres were involved at Euro 2020 with Spain and boss Emery is expecting to face a weakened Chelsea side.
Emery (pictured below) told the club’s official website: “Chelsea have internationals with Spain and Italy who didn’t get back until this week.
“Their starting XI will not be the same as the Champions League final. Maybe some of their strongest players won’t start. We will analyse them based on how we are.”
Chelsea v Villarreal head-to-head
The Blues have history in the competition. They won it in 1998, but lost in 2012, 2013 and 2019. Back in 2012, the club competed for the trophy after winning the Champions League under Roberto Di Matteo but Chelsea lost 4-1 to Atletico Madrid.
A year later, they took Champions League winners Bayern Munich to penalties before Romelu Lukaku missed the decisive spot-kick.
The Blues also lost to Liverpool in the same fashion in Istanbul in 2019, following a 2-2 draw after extra-time.
Villarreal are bidding to become the sixth Spanish side to win the Super Cup and are 10/11 to either win or draw the game in 90 minutes.
Chelsea v Villarreal team news
The Blues have named a 26-man squad for the Super Cup, although the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Trevoh Chalobah are all missing from that list.
Chabolah is likely to go on loan, despite impressing at centre-back during pre-season, with the Blues not short of centre-back options.
Villarreal are likely to have former Tottenham defender Juan Foyth in their line-up, after the Spaniards exercised their option to make a loan deal permanent.
Villarreal have no significant injuries following their clash with Leeds and will likely be at full strength, ahead of their La Liga season opener at home to Granada next Monday.
Chelsea v Villarreal key battles
While there is silverware and a not insignificant 5million euros to the winner on offer, Tuchel will be keen to protect many of his star names ahead of the Premier League season opener, particularly with games against Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City early in their campaign.
Much depends on what side he will put out, but expect to see plenty of minutes for the likes of Mount, Jorginho, James and Chilwell.
Young Germany forward Kai Havertz has established himself as a regular in Tuchel’s line-up and he will want to impress following his two goals in the European Championship. Villarreal will prove a good test for him and the Blues are 8/13 to score the first goal and 15/2 to win 2-1.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication