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The Community Shield

The Community Shield is an annual match played between the Premier League and FA Cup winners. If the winners of the Premier League also won the FA Cup in the same season, then it is the league runners-up who they will face in the match. This is seen as a curtain-raiser to the new domestic top-flight action, the game usually being played just the week preceding the new Premier League season.

Proceeds from the game go to support charities and whatever comes in through ticket sales gets divvied up between the 124 teams who competed in the previous season’s FA Cup from the first round onward. The individual clubs then decide what to do with that donation, giving it out to charity or putting it towards projects.

Who will win the Community Shield 2019?

Manchester City v Liverpool Predictions & Winner Odds

It is a long history that the Community Shield has, with the first such match being played in the 1908/09 season. It was Manchester United and QPR who shared a 1-1 draw in that inaugural match which was played at Stamford Bridge, with an attendance of 6,000. A replay was used back then and the Red Devils won that 4-0.

It is nothing more than ceremonial match really and there is little importance placed on it when it is stacked up against other domestic titles. It’s not a match which is seen to have any bearing of things to come in a domestic season and oftentimes, teams don’t always send out their strongest starting eleven. In fact, from its inaugural edition through to 2018 only eight clubs did the Community Shield winners go on to lift the top-flight title that season.

2018 Review

Premier League winners Manchester City found themselves up against FA Cup winners Chelsea in the 2018 edition of the Community Shield. It was a 2-0 win that the Citizens collected at Wembley and both of their goals came from Sergio Aguero. It was Aguero who was named man of the match for the fixture.

Chelsea had manager Maurizio Sarri in charge for the first time in a competitive fixture. The Italian had joined the Blues late in the summer because of a fiasco with the club getting rid of Antonio Conte. With the changes and frustrations that the club had over the summer, the Blues had gone into the fixture as underdogs. That was released in their defeat.

It was the second Community Shield contested between Chelsea and Man City, the previous meeting happening in 2012 which City also won (3-2 scoreline). For Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola that was his second cup final success with the club after having claimed the EFL Cup earlier that year with a win over Arsenal.

The victory for Manchester City twelve months ago gave them their fifth Community Shield title. For Chelsea, who were aiming to win it for the first time since 2009, it saw them lose their fifth straight Community Shield match.

2019 Preview

It is Premier League title winners Manchester City who will be walking out at Wembley on August 4th, 2019 going up against Liverpool. Because Manchester City completed a domestic treble in the 2018/19 season, it means that league runners-up Liverpool get to take part in the match. The two of them had been embroiled in a brilliant Premier League title race last season.

At the turn of the new year, it was Liverpool who were in control of the title race, holding a seven-point lead over the Citizens at the top. However, Manchester City took a win on January 3rd against the Reds and momentum started to shift. That ended up being Liverpool’s only loss in the entire season in the top flight. At the end of the day, they lost the title race by a point, unable to hold off City who won their final fourteen league fixtures.

Liverpool had a tricky pre-season with their brilliant front line of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all having busy summers because of international duty. The Reds went on a run of losing three of four pre-season friendly matches played (D1), their defence looked uncharacteristically slack and unfocused. But come the business time of a real competitive match, will they be dialled in? The Reds are 5/2 underdogs for the match* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 29th, 2019 at 8:07 a.m.).

The Citizens will be kicking off as the even-money favourites* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 29th, 2019 at 8:07 a.m.). City had a big tour of Asia in their pre-season and you always expected a Pep Guardiola team to be focused. The Citizens signed holding midfielder Rodri in the summer, their one big splash in the transfer market (at the time of writing).

Both Manchester City and Liverpool have won two of their last three respective Community Shield appearances.