The return of the English football season is traditionally marked with the FA Community Shield and the 2018/19 campaign is no different as the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners meet at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, August 5.
Manchester City ended last term as runaway league winners with three figures on the board, leaving runners-up and bitter rivals Manchester United trailing in their wake. That ranked as one of the most dominant displays from a top-flight club in living memory and bookmakers expect Pep Guardiola’s side to kick on from there and secure two in a row.
The latest Premier League betting has Man City as odds-on favourites, with 8/13 available at Paddy Power. Such a cramped quote will surely put a lot of punters off, meaning they then have an option. Look for value at a bigger price further down the pecking order – Liverpool 9/2 and Man Utd 6/1 – or stick with City and take advantage of the bookie free bets and special offers you’ll find at Timeform, including a £20 risk-free bet for new customers.
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The best way to live up to expectations and lay down a marker for the season ahead is by winning the Community Shield in convincing fashion and Manchester City again carry the support of oddsmakers, who have them as strong favourites to beat Chelsea and win this honour for the fifth time and first since 2012. Man United top the winners’ chart on 21 gongs, followed by Arsenal and Liverpool’s 15, Everton nine, Tottenham seven and the four of Man City and Chelsea.
A clue to how this match may pan out can be taken from the head-to-heads stats and recent meetings between the teams. The clubs have met 157 times in the past in competitive action, with the numbers standing at Chelsea 64-54 Man City and 39 draws.
City did the double over the Stamford Bridge brigade last season on-route to the flag, recording a couple of 1-0 wins. Kevin De Bruyne netted the only goal of the game in London back in September, bulging the net on 67 minutes and Bernando Silva made the difference in a March meeting at the Etihad, striking on 46.
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Flicking through the trends and punters who would prefer to steer clear of the match winner market should know taking no in the both teams to score field would’ve resulted in a winner in four of the last seven renewals with City winning on each occasion. Tick no on the both to score coupon in this match and you’ll get a handy 6/5 in places. The favorites to enhance that trend with another win to nil makes plenty of appeal at around the 5/2 mark.
Keeping with that thought and three of the last five Community Shield matches has seen one team fail to find the net, Man Utd 2-0 Wigan 2013, Arsenal 3-0 Man City 2014 and Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea 2015.