Liverpool meet Manchester City in the Community Shield with the 2019-20 Premier League season fast approaching. The Reds took Pep Guardiola’s men all the way in the Premier League, finishing on an astonishing 97 points but it was the Sky Blues who came out on top to complete a domestic treble.
Where and when: Wembley, London – 4 August, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Liverpool vs. Manchester City: BT Sport 1
Last time: Sergio Aguero and Roberto Firmino exchanged goals before Leroy Sane clinched it late on for the Citizens.
|Kevin De Bruyne to score first||17/2||Offer|
|Liverpool to win and both teams to score||6/1||Offer|
|Manchester City to win 2-0||9/1||Offer|
Liverpool v Manchester City Predictions and Preview
It has been an underwhelming pre-season for Liverpool, who have lost three of their four friendlies. The Reds were comprehensively outplayed by Napoli in their last run out, but boss Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to be concerned given the number of first-team absentees.
Roberto Firmino handed the German a boost by returning to training this week after securing Copa America glory with Brazil. Compatriot Alisson is also available, while star forward Mohamed Salah is short of match fitness and expected to take a place on the substitutes bench having featured for his country at the Africa Cup of Nations. The left footer is 9/5 to net anytime.
Champions League hero Divock Origi should start, fresh from penning a new long-term deal with the Reds. The Belgian fan favourite is 11/2 to open proceedings while Liverpool are 6/4 to claim the first silverware of the season.
In the opposing camp, the champions have been unusually quiet on the transfer front, with legendary skipper Vincent Kompany still not replaced. The defender has moved back to his native Belgium leaving Guardiola with just three first-choice centre-halves.
Going forward, the Spaniard has no such problems with De Bruyne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Aguero and Raheem Sterling all vying for places, with AFCON winning skipper Riyad Mahrez soon re-entering the mix.
One to watch for Liverpool: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed almost the entirety of the previous campaign and has been described by Klopp as a new signing. The versatile midfielder is 4/1 to strike anytime.
One to watch for Manchester City: Phil Foden has been promised more opportunities by Guardiola this term and is 3/1 in the same anytime scorer market.
Long shot: Both league clashes were fiercely contested last year and there is little between the countries top two squads. Despite this, the Sky Blues will start the contest as favourites and have fared well in their warm up matches. A 3-1 victory for Guardiola’s men is 14/1.