For the first time ever, two English clubs - Liverpool and Chelsea - will compete for the UEFA Super Cup tonight
The 2019 UEFA Super Cup is contested between the winners of the two major European club tournaments – the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
The game between Liverpool and Chelsea takes place on tonight at Vodafone Park in Istanbul, Turkey. Kick-off starts at 8pm and the game will be broadcast on BT Sport in the UK.
This was a very successful year for English football. Liverpool won the UEFA 2019 Champions League after defeating fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, while Chelsea won the 2019 Europa League after defeating League rivals and neighbours, Arsenal.
This will be the first time since 2005 that there will be a guaranteed English winner in the tournament. Coincidentally it was Liverpool that last won the UEFA Super Cup in 2005, following their famous ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ Champions League victory over Milan.
Since 2005, Chelsea (2012 and 2013) and Manchester United (2008 and 2017) have both played for the UEFA Super Cup twice but neither has managed to win it.
Liverpool participated in the UEFA Super Cup five times and won it thrice (1977, 2001 and 2005), whereas the London-based Chelsea have participated in it three times and won once (1998).
Both teams played their opening Premier League game of the 2019-2020 season this weekend with contrasting results. Liverpool continued from where they left off last year defeating League newcomers Norwich 4-1 at home on opening day.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson injured himself in that game and won’t be able to for tonight’s Super Cup fixture, forcing Liverpool to start with Adrian between the posts.
Chelsea took on a more formidable opposition in Manchester United at Old Trafford. Frank Lampard’s first game as manager didn’t go to plan as The Blues lost 4-0.
N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud and new signing Christian Pulisic came off the bench on Sunday, but all three may start as Lampard will look to earn his first piece of silverware with the club where he won several honours as a player.
Chelsea had a tough transfer market losing the bedrock of their midfield Eden Hazard and reliable defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill.
Liverpool also holds the edge in terms of rest because they opened the Premier League at home on Friday, whereas Chelsea played an away game on Sunday evening.
Athletico Madrid won last year’s UEFA Super Cup after defeating their neighbours Real Madrid in the final. For the first time since 2013, there will be no Spanish club in the competition. Barcelona and Milan have won this tournament the most, five times each.
The match will be the first UEFA’s men’s game to be officiated by a female referee, Stéphanie Frappart, who officiated the Women’s World Cup Final. This year will also mark the first time that the video assistant referee (VAR) will be used in the UEFA Super Cup.
How to watch the UEFA Super Cup in the UK: BT Sport
In the UK, the UEFA Super Cup will be broadcast live on BT Sport from 7pm onwards, an hour before kickoff at 8pm. BT Sport are running several promotional offers in time for the Premier League that started this weekend. You can also add BT Sport to your existing Sky TV or TalkTalk TV plan.
How to watch the UEFA Super Cup in the US: Univision
Liverpool and Chelsea fans across the Atlantic can watch the game live on Univision. Kick-off of the UEFA Super Cup will start at 3pm Eastern Time.
Viewers can subscribe directly with no cable or TV subscription fees needed. Univision costs $5.99 per month or $59.99 a year, and the service comes with a free seven-day trial.
American fans will be hoping to see more of their successful export Christian Pulisic who started on the bench against Manchester United on Sunday. New Chelsea coach Frank Lampard said he wants to be careful with the 20-year-old and ease him into the rigours of Premier League football.
How to watch the UEFA Super Cup in Canada: DAZN
Like Optus Sport in Australia, DAZN is the one-stop streaming service for football fans across Canada. Kick-off of the UEFA Super Cup is at 3pm Eastern Time.
The popular streaming service costs $20 a month, or $150 annually and gives you instant access to the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, La Liga, Serie A, EFL Championship and Carabao Cup. This is in addition to MLB, NFL and ICC Cricket events that the channel also broadcasts.
How to watch the UEFA Super Cup in Australia: Optus Sport
Australian football fans can watch the UEFA Super Cup on Optus Sport. Kick-off between the two Premier League sides starts at 5am on Thursday, August 15, because of the time difference between Australia and the majority of Europe.
Apart from the UEFA Super Cup, the service – which costs $14.99 a month – also broadcasts the Premier League, Champions League and the UEFA Europa League games. It also lets you watch replays and highlights of the games.
How to watch the UEFA Super Cup in sub-Saharan Africa: SuperSport
Sub-Saharan African viewers can watch the game on beIn Sport, which is the largest broadcaster of the Premier League after Sky Sports in the UK. The channel also broadcasts the Premier League, Ashes, Formula 1, MotoGP, India’s tour of the West Indies and other sporting tournaments.
How to watch the UEFA Super Cup in the Middle East and North Africa: beIn Sports
Fans in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa can cheer for Mohammad Salah, Liverpool or Chelsea on beIn Sports.
The channel broadcasts live coverage of the German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
The service primarily broadcasts feeds in Arabic, but there are also options to get the same broadcast in English or French, depending on where you live.
How to watch the UEFA Super Cup wherever you are: use a VPN service
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