Leicester City – Manchester City | 07/08/2021 Community Shield Cup.

FA Cup winners Leicester City and Premier League champions Manchester City will lock horns in the Community Shield at Wembley on Saturday evening. Leicester secured their first ever FA Cup trophy last season courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the final on May 15, while Man City ultimately finished 12 points clear of second-place Manchester United at the top of the 2020-21 Premier League table to reclaim the title from Liverpool.

Often considered as the campaign curtain-raiser, FA Cup holders Leicester City take on Premier League champions Manchester City in a battle to secure this season’s first piece of silverware. The ‘Foxes’ have only managed to lift the Community Shield once before, way back in 1971, though their two victories at Wembley in 2021 so far, both via the same 1-0 scoreline, should give them confidence.

Their task is a daunting one though, particularly when you consider that Brendan Rodgers’ men have lost four of the previous five competitive H2H clashes with Manchester City (W1). Strikingly, they conceded after the 65th minute in all five of those matches, indicating they could become more vulnerable the longer this game goes on.

That being said, Manchester City scored the opening goal before the 15th minute in each of their previous two Community Shield appearances (2018 & 2019), and on both occasions, they went on to lift the trophy. Another success here would see them draw level with Tottenham on seven Community Shield victories – only four other English sides have won more than that (Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton).

It remains to be seen whether Pep Guardiola’s men can strike early, yet history is on their side when it comes to finding the net in this H2H. That’s because the ‘Citizens’ have scored in each of their previous 13 competitive clashes vs Leicester.

 

Date: 07/08/2021
Time: 19:15
Venue: Wembley Stadium (London)
Pick for this match:
“2” – @ 1.98 ( Betway )

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