Although the Community Shield is not regarded as a major trophy, both Manchester City and Liverpool will want to start the season off on the right note.
Manchester City are the favourites to repeat their Community Shield triumph of last season against Chelsea – but Liverpool may have something to prove after losing out in the title race. The odds for a Liverpool win look good.
LIVERPOOL TO WIN
There has not been more than three goals scored in a Community Shield match since 2012 – and with both teams fielding exceptional attacking players the goals could be shared – in Liverpool’s favour.
LIVERPOOL TO WIN 2-1
Although Community Shield matches can sometimes take a while to ignite, these two sides will want to get an early advantage and a goal within the first ten minutes is a distinct possibility.
LIVERPOOL TO SCORE THE FIRST GOAL
With such an array of talent on both sides it is difficult to predict which player will score first, but it would seem likely that both sets of fans will be celebrating at some point – with Liverpool’s the happiest at the end.
LIVERPOOL TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Head to Head
Liverpool could not beat Manchester City last season as Pep Guardiola’s side regained the Premier League title. But Jürgen Klopp’s men will take confidence from the Champions League tie the year before when Liverpool ran riot.
Liverpool to win the match
Manchester City are favourites to win the Community Shield – and the rest of the competitions they are playing in this season. If they are to fail in one though, then Pep Guardiola would probably pick this one – and Liverpool seem to need to win this to prove that they can compete once again.
Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
All Predictions by Darren Williamson