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Community Shield Tips – Manchester City Face Leicester In EPL Season Opener


While the Football League season gets underway this weekend with teams in the Championship, League One and League Two all getting their campaigns underway, the Premier League will not start officially until next weekend.

We will of course be giving you our season preview of that next week, but this weekend sees the traditional curtain-raiser of the new season as Champions Manchester City take on FA Cup Winners Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Saturday.

It’s a quick return to the national stadium for Leicester fans after their FA Cup Final victory over Chelsea in May, and the Foxes have won this trophy once before back in 1971. Their opponents Manchester City have six wins, the most recent being back-to-back wins in 2018 and 2019.

With fans now allowed back into the stadia across the country, the game will feel much more like a normal Community Shield tie for both sides and both managers will be looking to get the 2021/22 season off to the best possible start with a win and trophy in their first fixture.

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Let’s begin with a look at the two teams and the moves they have made in the off season to freshen up their squad, starting with the current Premier League Champions.

Manchester City

  • Premier League Champions
  • Manager – Pep Guardiola
  • Community Shield Wins (6) – 1937, 1968, 1972, 2012, 2018, 2019
  • Major Transfers Out – Angelino (to RB Leipzig), Sergio Aguero (to Barcelona), Lukas Nmecha (to Vfl Wolfsburg), Jack Harrison (to Leeds Utd), Eric Garcia (to Barcelona)
  • Major Transfers In – Scott Carson (from Derby County)
  • Linked With A Transfer Bid For – Jack Grealish (Aston Villa, £100m), Harry Kane (Tottenham – £120m)

Manchester City Squad

Goalkeepers

  • Ederson
  • Zack Steffen
  • Arijanet Muric
  • Scott Carson

Defenders

  • Ruben Dias (DC)
  • Aymeric Laporte (DC)
  • Nathan Ake (DC)
  • John Stones (DC)
  • Ko Itakura (DC)
  • Philippe Sandler (DC)
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko (DL)
  • Bernard Mendy (DL)
  • Joao Cancelo (DR)
  • Kyle Walker (DRC)

Midfielders

  • Rodri (DMC)
  • Fernandinho (DMC)
  • Ilkay Gundogan (MC)
  • Yangel Herrera (MC)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (MC)
  • Bernardo Silva (AMC)
  • Phil Foden (AMLC)
  • Raheem Sterling (AMRC)

Attackers

  • Ferran Torres (AMR)
  • Riyad Mahrez (AMRL)
  • Gabriel Jesus (AC)

Manchester City may go into the season seemingly light on attacking options, but the feeling is that City are to make at least one, if not two huge moves in the transfer market shortly with Jack Grealish and Harry Kane purported to be strongly linked with a move to the club before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Manchester City – Probable Team

Pep Guardiola always tends to go with a 4-3-3 formation, and I can’t see the Spaniard changing things for this game.

Man City Probable XI – (4-3-3) – Ederson, Walker, Zinchenko, Dias, Stones, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Torres, Mahrez, Jesus

Leicester City

  • Premier League Champions
  • Manager – Brendan Rodgers
  • Community Shield Wins (1) – 1971
  • Major Transfers Out – Christian Fuchs (to Charlotte Ind.), Matty James (to Bristol City), Wes Morgan (Retired)
  • Major Transfers In – Patson Daka (from RB Salzburg), Boubakary Soumare (from Lille), Ryan Bertrand (from Southampton)
  • Linked With A Transfer Bid For – Ozan Kabak (Schalke 04, £22.5m)

Leicester City Squad

Goalkeepers

  • Kasper Schmeichel
  • Danny Ward
  • Eldin Jakupovic

Defenders

  • Caglar Soyuncu (DC)
  • Wesley Fofana (DC)
  • Jonny Evans (DC)
  • Filip Benkovic (DC)
  • Sam Hughes (DC)
  • Ryan Bertrand (DL)
  • Luke Thomas (DL)
  • Ricardo Pereira (DR)
  • Timothy Castagne (DRL)
  • James Justin (DR) (injured)

Midfielders

  • Wilfred Ndidi (DMC)
  • Boubakary Soumare (DMC)
  • Nampalys Mendy (DMC)
  • Daniel Amartey (DMRC)
  • Youri Tielemans (MC)
  • Dennis Praet (MC)
  • Hamza Choudhury (MC)
  • Marc Albrighton (MR)
  • Harvey Barnes (ML)
  • James Maddison (AMC)

Attackers

  • Ayoze Perez (AC)
  • Patson Daka (AC)
  • Kelechi Iheanacho (AC)
  • Jamie Vardy (AC)
  • Rachid Ghezzal (AMR)

Having made two big money signings in Soumare and Daka, as well as snapping up Ryan Bertrand on a free, Leicester look like they have made their major moves this summer already, although they have been linked with a move for a new centre back with Ozan Kabak, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Liverpool, being linked with the Foxes.

Leicester City Probable Team

Brendan Rodgers has shown an aptitude for adjusting his team formation and tactics for key games, but I think he will stay with the 4-2-3-1 formation that has tended to serve the Foxes well in recent times.

Leicester Probable Team – (4-2-3-1) – Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Castagne, Soyuncu, Evans, Soumare, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.

Previous History – Manchester City v Leicester City

The teams have played 122 times in their history, with Manchester City winning doublepremier-league-promo-at-bet365-poker the amount of games (62) compared to Leicester City (31), with 29 matches between the two teams finishing as a draw.

Manchester City have the upper hand in the most recent clashes between the two teams winning nine of the last 11 matches between the team, Leicester winning the other two games.

Last season, the Foxes were 5-2 winners at the Etihad back in September, but City gained revenge with a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium in April.

Since January 2011, there has been just one draw between the two teams in the Premier League. They did draw twice in the 2017 and 2018 League Cup, but Manchester City went on to win both those games via a penalty shootout.

The two teams have never met in a Community Shield contest previously.

Manchester City v Leicester City – Tips

Looking at the two teams, I do feel that in terms of the balance of their squad, Leicester City look the better of the two at the moment. The addition of Soumare, Daka and Bertrand has given them additional personnel in key areas of the team.

City’s main issue is in attack and while the likes of Sterling, Silva, Mahrez, Foden and Torres can slot into attack, along with Gabriel Jesus, they do still look a little light in attack, which makes their likely moves for Harry Kane and Jack Grealish all the more important.

I do expect these two sides to be in the thick of things at the top of the table once again next season but I think on Saturday, Manchester City will emerge as the 2-1 winners.

Community Shield Tips

  • Manchester City to win – 10/11
  • Manchester City to win 2-1 – 15/2
  • HT/FT – Draw/Man City – 4/1

Odds shown were provided by bet365 Sport and were correct at the time of writing.