The FA Community Shield ushers in the new 20/21 season of English football, with Premier League champions Liverpool taking on the FA Cup winners Arsenal at Wembley this weekend.
Join us as we take a look at two of the most prestigious English clubs to grace the competition – each side has 15 titles – and give you some exciting FA Community Shield betting options for this Saturday.
The dust has barely settled since their emphatic 2-1 FA Cup victory over Chelsea, and the Gunners enter the FA Community Shield match with only 28 days of rest behind them.
Although many still consider Arsenal to be a work in progress, Mikel Arteta’s influence since his arrival has been felt inside and outside of the club. Tinkering with their style of play and pushing confidence back into the squad, the young Spanish manager has seen his side hold out for remarkable victories against all of the top four, including a notable Premier League win (2-1) over Liverpool at the Emirates.
Premier League champions Liverpool should present a different challenge than Arsenal’s latest opponents – League One MK Dons proving the victims of a 4-1 thrashing. While viewed by some as nothing more than a glorified friendly, the fixture presents the possibility of laying down a marker ahead of the new season. It’s also a chance for Arteta to try out some of the latest additions to his squad, including the likes of Willian and Saliba.
Having scored both goals to claim Arsenal’s 14th FA Cup, captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is measured at 7/5 (2.40) to open his goal account and help Arsenal secure the shield this weekend.
The Premier League champions record-breaking season finished earlier than their opponents in this fixture, with nothing left to compete for once the league was secured. After ending a 30-year wait for their 19th Premier League title, the reigning champions have been able to regroup and recover with a pre-season training camp in Austria over the summer.
Although their contest in the capital will not be a direct indication of their season – Liverpool lost last year’s contest against Manchester City, only to go on and dominate the league – the Community Shield still offers great insight into what is to come.
Recent news from Anfield suggests that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and ex-Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may both be sidelined due to injury. However, on the positive side, Virgil van Dijk has been given the all-clear after a nasty cut against Salzburg, and Trent Alexander-Arnold has been tipped to be fit and ready come this weekend.
With plenty of talent on the books at Liverpool, Klopp may be tempted to blood some of his younger players this Saturday, while also giving minutes to new signing Kostas Tsimikas, ahead of what will surely be a long season.
As their 19/20 top scorer, Mohamed Salah finds himself an interesting option for Community Shield betting, at 14/15 (1.93) to begin his season with a goal this weekend, while Sadio Mane is calculated at 23/20 (2.15) to find the net.
Liverpool come out as the team to beat this weekend at 7/10 (1.70) to win within the 90 minutes, while Arsenal measure up at 39/10 (4.90). With goals often being traded between these teams, why not bet on the favourites Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 2/1 (3.00)?
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