Community Shield Betting Tips
Seen by many as the curtain rising on the new domestic football season across England, the Community Shield sees FA Cup winners Leicester City take on Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.
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Bet on the Community Shield
The traditional curtain-raiser to the new season takes place on Saturday as Manchester City and Liverpool meet at the King Power Stadium.
City won the league title in dramatic circumstances, coming from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 in a frenzied Etihad atmosphere.
Liverpool finished second, falling just a point short, but they did secure an FA Cup and League Cup double, beating Chelsea on penalties on both occasions.
Now, the Community Shield will offer a chance to look at some new players and perhaps determine who is more ready for the title this time around.
Haaland and Nunez bolster squads
Both teams have signed new centre-forwards and have not skimped on recruitment.
City were able to trigger a release clause in Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund contract and get him for £51million while Liverpool paid slightly more for Nunez, who had a breakout season for Benfica last year.
It is testament to the pull of the Premier League that the two hottest young striking properties in Europe are both now plying their trade in England.
Both players were in spectacular form last season and their natural goalscoring instincts are sure to suit sides who play football in a fast and attacking manner.
Goals to be expected
Matches involving Liverpool and Manchester City tend to produce high-quality classics.
In the seven meetings since the two sides last contested the Community Shield, six of them have seen four or more goals scored.
If anything, this match will offer even more encouragement for Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola’s teams to attack – while there is a trophy on offer, it is not entirely classed as a competitive fixture, and both sides will want to lay down a psychological marker.
In a match that is going to be played between the two heavy favourites going into this season’s Premier League, there is likely to be a display of attacking intent from both teams.
Injuries hand advantage to City
Going into the game, Liverpool will be without goalkeeper Alisson and attacker Diogo Jota through injury, while the post-Sadio Mane era begins at the King Power Stadium.
Klopp made the choice to sell Mane when Bayern Munich came calling and one-third of the brilliant triumvirate of him, Mo Salah, and Roberto Firmino has now gone.
City have sold players of their own in Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus but neither were quite of the same importance of Mane at Liverpool.
Guardiola’s squad still looks that little bit stronger than Klopp’s, though the two sides will no doubt be trading blows all season.
However, Liverpool have won only one of six previous meetings against City and the price is 3/4 for that to be extended and City to lift the trophy.
Community Shield History
Formerly known as the ‘Charity Shield’, the Community Shield is a game that takes place annually at Wembley before the opening weekend of the Premier League season. Contested between the winners of the league itself and the FA Cup, it was first played in 1908 and is organised by the Football Association (FA), with the proceeds from the game distributed to charitable organisations around England.
Previous Community Shield Winners
| 2020 | Arsenal vs Liverpool | Arsenal (via penalties) | | 2019 | Manchester City vs Liverpool | Manchester City (via penalties) | | 2018 | Manchester City vs Chelsea | Manchester City | | 2017 | Arsenal vs Chelsea | Arsenal (via penalties) | | 2016 | Manchester United vs Leicester City | Manchester United | | 2015 | Arsenal vs Chelsea | Arsenal | | 2014 | Arsenal vs Manchester City | Arsenal | | 2013 | Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic | Manchester United | | 2012 | Manchester City vs Chelsea | Manchester City | | 2011 | Manchester United vs Manchester City | Manchester United |
Community Shield Betting Tips
Leicester City to Win @ 7/2
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How Leicester Reached the Community Shield
Having reached the FA Cup final five times in their history, it was finally the turn of Leicester as they defeated Chelsea 1-0 to win their first-ever FA Cup. A 63rd-minute belter from Belgian Youri Tielemans sealed the win for the Foxes in what turned out to be a hard-fought game with ‘The Blues’. It seemed plain sailing for Brendan Rogers and his team to reach the final with comprehensive wins over Stoke and Brentford. But a potential stumbling block of Manchester United were easily dispatched in the quarter-finals before Southampton in the semis. The man to watch in all of those games was Youri Tielemans, who scored three FA Cup goals last season and netted nine times in the league, and we suspect he’ll want to make his presence known once again at Wembley.
Manchester City to Win @ 13/20
Manchester City are once again Premier League Champions. Winning the domestic championship for the fifth time in their history, the Citizens had breathing room at the top of the table, with their closest rivals finishing 12 points behind them. Having contested the Community Shield previously as both FA Cup and League winners, it will be a familiar game for Pep Guardiola’s men, who could have even more new faces if deals are done before the game this weekend.
Community Shield Player To Watch - Leicester City
Having helped them secure European Football and, of course, victory in the FA Cup, Youri Tielemans is a 6/1 chance to get himself on the scoresheet at Wembley once again. New signing Patson Daka could also feature upfront alongside Jamie Vardy, and he’ll likely want to start the season well for his new club.
Community Shield Player To Watch - Manchester City
Having made the move to Manchester City from Aston Villa, Jack Grealish could make his first appearance for Pep Guardiola in the Community Shield and could make an impact. In terms of the other players he will have available, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan can both find the back of the net, as well as the likes of Phil Foden, who shone in front of goal in the closing months of last season.
Where is the Value Bet in the Community Shield?
As we look back at the last 10 games that have taken place in the Community Shield, one of the common themes is both teams finding the back of the net. Partner that with the favourites and Premier League winners also lifting the trophy means we’re going for the double of Manchester City and BTTS at odds of 49/20.
Bet UK’s Headline Community Shield Betting Tips
We wouldn’t put it past Manchester City to get the season off to a flyer in the Community Shield, even if they’re missing some key players following international duty. Leicester are also no slouches in front of goal which is why we’re going for goals in this game and over 3.5 at odds of 17/10.
How to watch the Community Shield
The 2021 Community Shield will be shown live on BT Sport, with the broadcast starting at 4:30 pm and the game kicking off at 5 pm.
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