Bengals vs Colts

The final preseason game is pretty infamous for teams not playing their starters. It makes all the sense in the world for an NFL team to give their players an extra bye week before the regular season starts, but from a casual fan’s point of view, it could be hard watching a game without players like Joe Mixon or Andy Dalton even suiting up.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t intrigue. Cincinnati still has plenty of players on the roster bubble fighting for their NFL livelihood. Whether it is the wide receivers looking for the final few spots on the roster or young linebackers looking to stay on the team, there will be plenty to watch.

Bengals fans should also be treated to plenty of reps from backup rookie quarterbacks Ryan Finley and Jake Dolegala. Both have looked impressive over the preseason. Jeff Driskel and Dolegala could also be playing for their chance to be the team’s third quarterback (if the Bengals even decide to keep three quarterbacks).

As for the Colts, there probably isn’t a more depressed fan base going into the 2019 season. They just got news that quarterback Andrew Luck isn’t coming back this season or ever. He retired following the teams last game as he was working to come back from an injury. The team already planned on sitting quarterback Jacoby Brissett before that news broke, so expect to see plenty of Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly.

As far as former Bengals we’ll get to see on the Colts, fans will be able to get a look at defensive lineman Margus Hunt. He was a second round pick by the Bengals in 2013. He was drafted based on the potential of his NFL strength, but the Bengals’ coaching staff was never able to turn him into the player they envisioned when drafting him so high. He had a career-high five sacks last season.

This is the last game that doesn’t count for the 2019 season, and it is probably the last time we will see most of these depth players spend extensive time playing offense and defense. This is also the last prime time game the Bengals play this season.

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on the Bengals Preseason Network with broadcasters Mike Watts (play-by-play), Anthony Munoz (analyst) and Solomon Wilcots (sideline analyst). The network is led by flagship WKRC-TV (CBS Channel 12) in Cincinnati. Also on the network are WKEF-TV (ABC Ch. 22) in Dayton, WSYX-TV (ABC Ch. 6) in Columbus, WLIO-TV (FOX Ch. 8.2) in Lima, WDKY-TV FOX Ch. 56) in Lexington, Ky. and WDRB-TV (FOX Ch. 41) in Louisville, Ky.

Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

Chelsea vs Liverpool Live

Chelsea vs Liverpool Live: Full commentary details and team news for UEFA Super Cup clash
Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head in the UEFA Super Cup tonight and talkSPORT will bring you all the action live on a historic night for English football.

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Champions League winners Liverpool and Europa League champions Chelsea are set to face off in the annual curtain raiser for the upcoming European competitions.

Chelsea vs Liverpool Live

Liverpool and Chelsea are set to battle it out in the UEFA Super CupLiverpool and Chelsea are set to battle it out in the UEFA Super Cup
The Premier League dominated in Europa last term and tonight will see the first ever all-English Super Cup.

Stephanie Frappart will make further history when she becomes the first female official to take charge of a major UEFA’s men competition showpiece.

Liverpool and Chelsea got their top-flight campaigns off to contrasting starts over the weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds breezed past Norwich on Friday night to open up the new season while Chelsea were thrashed by Manchester United on Sunday.

Frank Lampard will be desperate to hit back from that disappointment but faces another huge task.

The 2019 Super Cup is being held at the 42,000-seater BJK Vodaphone Park in Instanbul meaning the Prem giants face a long trip ahead of this weekend’s second round of league fixtures.

But both will no doubt be eager to claim another trophy and talkSPORT will bring you all the action from Turkey.

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The clash will get under way at 8pm on Wednesday, August 14.

Full coverage from Instanbul will be live on talkSPORT, with our featured programme getting under way at 7pm.

Hugh Woozencroft will bring you all the build-up before our live commentary with Jim Proudfoot and Dean Ashton.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah scored in the Champions League final
Liverpool vs Chelsea: What has been said?
Liverpool midfielder James Milner: “I think [it’s] very important – I think you want to get in that habit of winning trophies.

“I think the Super Cup’s a special trophy to win because you’ve got to win a big trophy to get there as well, so I think it’s important.

“I think it’s a good way to start the season if you can win a trophy and it’s more silverware for the club if you can do that.”

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta: “Chelsea always fights for everything so when we don’t win then we know there will be more and more questions around us but we have to cope with it,’ added the defender.

“We have to learn, we know that we can improve and we have to take our responsibilities.

“There is a trophy to fight for on Wednesday against a good team so we have to be ready for it.”

Eden Hazard lead Chelsea to Europa League glory before leaving the club over the summer

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Eden Hazard lead Chelsea to Europa League glory before leaving the club over the summer
Liverpool vs Chelsea: Team news
Liverpool will be without star goalkeeper Alisson after he picked up a calf injury in their win over Norwich.

Newly-signed back-up goalkeeper Adrian is set to make his first start, while Andy Lonergan, another recently acquired goalkeeper, has also been included in the 23-man squad.

Dejan Lovren is conspicuous by his absence as talk of a move to Roma rumbles on and Nathaniel Clyne is also a long-term injury absentee for the Reds.

For Chelsea, N’Golo Kante could feature as he continues his recovery from injury.

The Blues should also have Antonio Rudiger and Willian back but Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both out with Achilles injuries.

Liverpool vs Chelsea Live Stream

Liverpool vs Chelsea LIVE: Full commentary details and team news for UEFA Super Cup clash
Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head in the UEFA Super Cup tonight and talkSPORT will bring you all the action live on a historic night for English football.

Liverpool vs Chelsea Live Stream

Champions League winners Liverpool and Europa League champions Chelsea are set to face off in the annual curtain raiser for the upcoming European competitions.

Liverpool and Chelsea are set to battle it out in the UEFA Super CupLiverpool and Chelsea are set to battle it out in the UEFA Super Cup
The Premier League dominated in Europa last term and tonight will see the first ever all-English Super Cup.

Stephanie Frappart will make further history when she becomes the first female official to take charge of a major UEFA’s men competition showpiece.

Liverpool and Chelsea got their top-flight campaigns off to contrasting starts over the weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds breezed past Norwich on Friday night to open up the new season while Chelsea were thrashed by Manchester United on Sunday.

Frank Lampard will be desperate to hit back from that disappointment but faces another huge task.

The 2019 Super Cup is being held at the 42,000-seater BJK Vodaphone Park in Instanbul meaning the Prem giants face a long trip ahead of this weekend’s second round of league fixtures.

But both will no doubt be eager to claim another trophy and talkSPORT will bring you all the action from Turkey.

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Liverpool vs Chelsea: How to listen
The clash will get under way at 8pm on Wednesday, August 14.

Full coverage from Instanbul will be live on talkSPORT, with our featured programme getting under way at 7pm.

Hugh Woozencroft will bring you all the build-up before our live commentary with Jim Proudfoot and Dean Ashton.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah scored in the Champions League final

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah scored in the Champions League final
Liverpool vs Chelsea: What has been said?
Liverpool midfielder James Milner: “I think [it’s] very important – I think you want to get in that habit of winning trophies.

“I think the Super Cup’s a special trophy to win because you’ve got to win a big trophy to get there as well, so I think it’s important.

“I think it’s a good way to start the season if you can win a trophy and it’s more silverware for the club if you can do that.”

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta: “Chelsea always fights for everything so when we don’t win then we know there will be more and more questions around us but we have to cope with it,’ added the defender.

“We have to learn, we know that we can improve and we have to take our responsibilities.

“There is a trophy to fight for on Wednesday against a good team so we have to be ready for it.”

Eden Hazard lead Chelsea to Europa League glory before leaving the club over the summer

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Eden Hazard lead Chelsea to Europa League glory before leaving the club over the summer
Liverpool vs Chelsea: Team news
Liverpool will be without star goalkeeper Alisson after he picked up a calf injury in their win over Norwich.

Newly-signed back-up goalkeeper Adrian is set to make his first start, while Andy Lonergan, another recently acquired goalkeeper, has also been included in the 23-man squad.

Dejan Lovren is conspicuous by his absence as talk of a move to Roma rumbles on and Nathaniel Clyne is also a long-term injury absentee for the Reds.

For Chelsea, N’Golo Kante could feature as he continues his recovery from injury.

The Blues should also have Antonio Rudiger and Willian back but Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both out with Achilles injuries.

Liverpool vs Chelsea


Liverpool vs Chelsea: UEFA Super Cup prediction, preview, TV channel, live stream. The winners of the Champions League and Europa League will face off in Turkey on Wednesday…

Liverpool vs Chelsea Live

Liverpool and Chelsea meet on Wednesday in Turkey in the UEFA Super Cup just after their first games of the Premier League season. The Reds qualified for this one-off trophy-deciding match thanks to their Champions League title-winning season.

They are coming off of a 4-1 win over Norwich City on Friday. Chelsea is in the match thanks to its Europa League title-winning campaign. The Blues are fresh off of a brutal 4-0 season-opening loss at Manchester United, which marked Christian Pulisic’s debut in the second half.

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

UEFA Super Cup: Liverpool vs. Chelsea

  • Date: Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Vodafone Park in Istanbul
  • TV channel: TNT and TUDN
  • Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Odds: Liverpool -140 | Chelsea +360 | Draw +290

Storylines

Liverpool: The Reds are the favorite in this one and have two days more rest. Sadio Mane could get the start after not being featured in the XI on Friday. He came on as a second-half substitute. The Reds should be able to create quite enough chances on a Blues’ defense that struggled to keep shape on Sunday.

Chelsea: It’s back to the drawing board for Frank Lampard after a poor showing against United, specifically in the second half. N’Golo Kante is needed in the middle but hasn’t been 100 percent. Don’t be shocked if he prioritizes rest here with upcoming Premier League action next weekend against Leicester City. Though this is a chance at a trophy, Lampard may need to use this match to test out a couple things, especially in attack.

Prediction

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both score as Liverpool wins the Super Cup.

Pick: Liverpool 2, Chelsea 0

Chelsea vs Liverpool

Chelsea vs Liverpool : Premier League rivals meet in UEFA Super Cup
Goalkeeper Alisson misses out for Liverpool while Willian and Antonio Rudiger are part of Chelsea squad. Liverpool and Chelsea meet in the first all-English UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday.

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The match pits last season’s Champions League winners (Liverpool) against last season’s Europa League winners (Chelsea). Liverpool started their Premier League campaign with a 4-1 win over Norwich on Friday evening before Chelsea lost 4-0 at Manchester United on Sunday.

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What changes will both sides make and how will they approach the game? We look at the key points around the blockbuster clash in Istanbul…

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Will Liverpool rotate?
Last season’s success has meant a busy start to the season for Liverpool.

Having played in the Community Shield, the Reds then opened the Premier League season on Friday Night Football against Norwich. Their trip to Istanbul is followed by a Premier League match at Southampton at 3pm on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp named the same starting XI for the clash against Norwich as he did against Manchester City in the Community Shield, but will he make changes and potentially prioritise the Premier League?

There will definitely be a change in goal as Alisson is out with a thigh injury, meaning summer signing Adrian will make his first start.

Adrian is set to start for Liverpool due to Alisson’s injury
Adrian is set to start for Liverpool due to Alisson’s injury
The 32-year-old probably did not expect to be thrust into first-team action so quickly after joining from West Ham, as perhaps shown by his beaming smile as he came on as a substitute against Norwich.

Joel Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner could be in contention to start while Sadio Mane might be pushing for a place after coming on as a substitute against Norwich, having returned late from the Africa Cup of Nations.

If Mane returns, that means Divock Origi – scorer of the second goal in last season’s Champions League final and one of the top performers against Norwich – is likely to drop to the bench.

European head to head
This will be the 11th European meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea. The previous 10 were all in the Champions League, with Chelsea wining three, Liverpool two, and five draws. Only one game was won by a margin of more than one goal.

Gary Neville has called Origi the “perfect” fourth striker for Liverpool and the Belgian says there is a “hunger” for more success this season.

“We have a very talented group and there is good energy around the place and we still have a lot to play for,” Origi told Sky Sports. “We are very hungry, and personally I am as well. I want to help this team however I can to help it reach its full potential.”

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Istanbul holds fond memories for Liverpool after their memorable Champions League victory in 2005.

They have also fared well against English sides in Europe in recent years, having gone unbeaten against Premier League teams in six matches since a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final in 2009.

New signing Andy Lonergan has been included in the squad, but Dejan Lovren, who could be set to join Roma, misses out due to illness and Naby Keita limped out of training ahead of the match.

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Klopp was full of praise for new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard ahead of the game.

He said: “I think Frank showed last year with Derby that he’s a very, very, very good manager because he changed Derby pretty much overnight. I didn’t know Derby too well but what I heard about it and when I saw them playing last year, especially against United if you want, it was: ‘What a game!’

The Super Cup final will be held at Besiktas’ Vodafone Arena
The Super Cup final will be held at Besiktas’ Vodafone Arena
“So, proper football, really high intensity, all that stuff, it’s all there, what you need. Good defending [and] high defending, so it will be a challenge. It will be a really interesting game and for us a proper job to do.

“But it’s a final, both deserve to be there and both, for sure, want to win it desperately and I think that’s a big part of the game plan as well because you have to be lively, but you have to be calm as well. All these things, we have to see who can do them better.”

Will Chelsea bounce back?
“A reality check” was how Lampard described Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

Chelsea had chances to score – hitting the woodwork twice – but were undone on the counter-attack in the second half, leading to questions about Lampard’s team selection and approach.

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Lampard’s side were “too soft” and “not aggressive” enough while Paul Merson suggested the pressure is now on.

Chelsea arrived in Istanbul in the early hours of Tuesday morning ahead of their UEFA Super Cup showdown
“It was the way they capitulated at the end which was worrying,” said Merse on The Debate.

“It’s a big game on Wednesday and a massive game on Sunday [against Leicester, live on Sky Sports]. People will be watching and starting to ask questions like ‘what’s Brendan Rodgers doing at Leicester and why isn’t he at Chelsea’. This becomes a big game.”

Lampard has played in two European Super Cups with Chelsea and was on the losing side on both occasions in 2012 and 2013. He says it is a competition the club is “desperate” to win.

“We need to be absolutely ready. It’s a cup that the club desperately wants to win.

“Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything, because it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be tough, but we cannot walk off the pitch and think “oh, we could’ve done that” or “we missed that opportunity” or “we weren’t quite ready” or make any excuses for ourselves.

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“This final means a lot to the club, it’s another trophy and I know how much it means having lost two finals. It would be nice for me personally to start with a trophy but more importantly is it would show to the players that they are capable of competing against a team like Liverpool.”

With Sunday’s clash against Leicester in mind, what team will Lampard pick against Liverpool?

He opted to go with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham in attacking positions against Manchester United while N’Golo Kante, who recently returned from injury, came off the bench in the second half.

Chelsea could also be boosted by the return of Willian and Antonio Rudiger, who have travelled with the squad after missing the trip to Old Trafford with injuries.

Who’s the referee?
The Super Cup will be the first major UEFA men’s match to be officiated by a female referee.

Stephanie Frappart, the 25-year-old Frenchwoman, will lead out a team of predominantly female officials. She will be accompanied by Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O’Neal from the Republic of Ireland who will be the assistant referees for the match. They also took charge of the women’s World Cup final on July 7.

Stephanie Frappart will be the first female referee to take charge of a major UEFA men’s match
Stephanie Frappart will be the first female referee to take charge of a major UEFA men’s match
“I’m very happy, and it was really a surprise,” said Frappart. “I didn’t expect to be given the Super Cup assignment – it’s a great honour for me, and for female referees as well. I hope it serves as an example to female referees, and to any young girls who may aspire to be a referee.”

Is there extra-time?
Yes. If the match finishes level after 90 minutes then there will be extra-time followed, potentially, by penalties.

Also See:
Lampard: No excuses vs Liverpool

Origi: Instinct was to stay

Super Cup diary

Premier League hits and misses
Each team will get a fourth substitute if the match goes to extra-time.

How to follow the Super Cup
You can follow all of the action from the European Super Cup on the Sky Sports app and skysports.com with our dedicated live blog, which will feature the best build-up, commentary and reaction.

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Liverpool vs Chelsea: 2019 UEFA Super Cup TV Schedule, Live Stream. Liverpool play Chelsea on Wednesday in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup, with the Champions League holders meeting the Europa League winners in Istanbul, Turkey.

Liverpool vs Chelsea Live

The Premier League dominated the continent’s major club tournaments last term, and the annual curtain-raiser to the European season is expected to be an intriguing affair.

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Liverpool are three-time winners of the trophy, and Chelsea achieved their only success in the Super Cup in 1998.

The Reds will be missing first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker after he was injured against Norwich City in the opening Premier League game of the season on Friday night.

Date: Wednesday, August 14

Time: 10 p.m. local, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET

TV: BT Sport 2 (UK), TNT (USA)

Stream: BT Sport App, B/R Live, Watch TNT

Preview

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Jurgen Klopp’s men overcame the disappointment of losing the Premier League by a point to Manchester City last season by capturing the European Cup for a sixth time.

Their 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid also laid to rest the ghost of losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the final 12 months before.

A major reason for their success was the signing of Alisson from AS Roma a year ago, with the Brazil international proving to be the perfect last line of defence for the Reds. However, the 26-year-old is expected to miss up to eight weeks of action with a calf injury.

The summer departure of the experienced Simon Mignolet to Club Brugge couldn’t have come at a worse time, but the Belgium international has been replaced by Adrian. The Spaniard spent six years at West Ham United and proved himself to be a consistent stopper in the Premier League.

According to David Lynch of the Evening Standard, Klopp backed his new signing to successfully step into Alisson’s role after the No. 1 limped off against Norwich at Anfield:

“He is a very confident guy and he came in and I don’t think he wanted to sit only on the bench for the next couple of years. He made himself ready.

“It is a situation, but if you are in a situation like this you want to have somebody who has played the league and who is experienced.

“He is 32, a calm guy, emotional as well, good with his feet—how we saw—and that’s really important for us.

“There are a lot of good things, but you still don’t want to have a situation where one goalie is fit. That’s how it is, but we have to see.”

Players of Chelsea celebrate the victory with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
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Liverpool might be weakened by the loss of Alisson, but Chelsea suffered a 4-0 thrashing in Frank Lampard’s first Premier League game in charge after Manchester United put the Blues to the sword at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Stamford Bridge outfit are serving a transfer ban, and the head coach has been forced to turn to Chelsea’s youth to plug his squad.

Eden Hazard left the club for Real Madrid in the summer, and Chelsea played prodigy Mason Mount as the No. 10 against United. The 20-year-old featured under Lampard last season on loan at Derby County, but his competitive debut proved to be a disappointing experience.

Chelsea will have the option of starting former Borussia Dortmund man Christian Pulisic, who is considered to be Hazard’s long-term replacement. However, Lampard has said he will not put too much pressure on the United States international in his opening weeks at the club.

Per Metro, Lampard explained why Pulisic didn’t start against United:

“Christian Pulisic is 20 years old, he’s come across from Dortmund, he’s going to be a fantastic player for the club, I believe.

“He’s got great ability, you saw little moments of his acceleration on the ball today, but I’ve also got other options in midfield and in those sort of areas.

“I don’t want to stick Christian straight into the fire without helping him along the way.

“It was one of those games today where I thought it was better to start with Ross [Barkley] and Mason, who have been very strong in pre-season, and bring Christian on.”

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Chelsea have allowed experienced defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill to leave this summer, and Lampard enters the Super Cup with a youthful side that showed flashes of good play on Sunday.

Liverpool’s defence appeared jaded throughout pre-season, and this could be a good time for the Blues to face the European champions. That fragility at the back was present in the opening game of the season against Norwich, and a better side would have exploited Klopp’s back line.

On Wednesday, Reds supporters will return to the scene of one of their greatest triumphs. Liverpool defeated AC Milan 3-2 on penalties in the 2005 Champions League final after coming back from a three-goal deficit at half-time to draw 3-3 in Istanbul.