Guardiola to eclipse Sir Alex and Ancelotti by beating Chelsea

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Five managers have doubled up when it comes to victories in the UEFA Super Cup, but none of this quintet has reached the next stage and achieved a hat-trick of victories.

Pep Guardiola has the chance to surpass Arrigo Sacchi, Louis van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti and Sir Alex Ferguson by doing exactly this when Bayern Munich square off with Chelsea in Prague.

And it is 2/5 that Guardiola watches his team lift the Super Cup, with 4/5 the price that they do so with victory over Chelsea inside 90 minutes.

Alongside the history that Guardiola would create by achieving his own personal hat-trick, he would additionally break new ground by handing Bayern their first ever Super Cup trophy.

Their three previous attempts to add this trophy to their cabinet have ended in defeat, with the most recent coming against Liverpool in 2001. No other club has previously lost three finals without securing at least one victory.

Much will hinge on how quickly Guardiola’s players are adapting to his chosen philosophies and visions and to date things certainly appear to unsurprisingly be a work in motion.

It is the midfield set-up that seems to require the most work, with Bastien Schweinsteiger currently occupying the deepest role ahead of Javi Martinez, whose long-term future at Bayern may lie in central defender, despite impressing as an energetic midfielder last season.

Defences lapses were relatively common in their German Super Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund and then their Bundesliga opener with Monchengladbach, although things have improved in this respect in their two league games since.

Those believing that Chelsea can take advantage of Bayern in their current period of transition can take advantage of odds of 3/1 that the Blues triumph in the 90 minutes or 7/4 that they simply lift the trophy.

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Craig Kemp

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