The Community Shield is an annual football final played at Wembley Stadium involving the previous season’s Premier League champions and winners of the FA Cup. As Manchester City dominated the English game during the 2018/19 campaign, this year’s Community Shield involves the Premier League champions and runners up, Liverpool.

The match takes place at the home of English football on Sunday 4 August with a 3.00pm kick-off. The fixture will be shown live on Sky Sports and an entertaining renewal is expected. The Community Shield is loved by football fans across the UK as it serves as a reminder that domestic club football is almost upon us again. The summer drought is over, and supporters are just about ready to dive head-first into what will be another enthralling, dramatic and enjoyable season.

Traders Have Their Say

Who will draw first blood and put down a marker for the months ahead? Will Manchester City remind us why they won back-to-back Premier League crowns and are betting favourites to complete the treble, or will Liverpool prove nothing can be taken for granted in the beautiful game and they are ready to improve on last season’s efforts? The Reds finished second despite losing fewer games than their rivals but are confident they have what it takes to finally fight their way back to the summit of the division, viewed as one of the best in world football.

Bookmakers have had their say on who should prevail on Sunday and it’s no surprise to see them side with Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens. That will come as no real shock to those with their finger on the pulse of the Premier League betting. The money men correctly predicted City would win the league two years ago, as well as last season. The team have strengthened in every transfer window in recent times and appear desperate to keep investing until they realise their dream of being champions of Europe.

Sadio Mane and Aymeric Laporte during the Champions League quarter final match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018

Sadio Mane and Aymeric Laporte during the Champions League quarter final match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018.

Punters looking to get their cash down on Man City to win the Community Shield in 90 minutes this weekend – without the need for penalties – will find them trading at no better than the 10/11 with bet365. That’s market best price and although it is on the tight side, all things considered, it’s a bigger quote than you’ll get with most of the competition. Odds-on in such a match may put punters off taking a risk, so we expect Liverpool to be a popular bet at 3/1 – top price when getting your stake down at Bet Victor.

Stats Say It’ll Be Close

The draw is there to be shot at, if you can’t split them, 13/5 doing the rounds at Ladbrokes. Community Shield finals are known for being tight affairs as both teams keep the upcoming season in mind, players not wanting to risk injury, so the level finish is sure to pop up on a few bet slips. It’s certainly something the trends would back-up with the 2017 final between Arsenal and Chelsea ending 1-1. On closer inspection we note there has been one goal or less between the sides in three of the last four Community Shield deciders. The odds one out in that run was Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea 12 months ago.

Both teams to score is an option if you’d prefer to avoid picking a winner and that has been marked up on the betting board at 4/6 with bet365. That makes more sense than risking your cash on no from the same market at 13/10 (Bet Victor). Having said that, the trends paint a very different picture when showing one team has failed to find the net in four of the last six matches.

A Man City win to nil sends out a bigger price to supporters of last season’s champions with Ladbrokes offering a market best price of 13/5. Liverpool to win the match in normal time without conceding a goal is thought to be less likely, traders at Skybet confident enough to offer a whopping 7/1. That’s bigger than expected.

There are a number of other specials markets intended to catch your eye and the first goal scorer betting looks to be one of the more exciting ones. Who will break the deadlock in this match and score the first goal of the new English football season? Sergio Aguero is 17/4 favourite at Betway, Raheem Stirling, who was scoring for fun in pre-season, is second in line at 5/1 (bet365). The top three podium places are completed by Gabriel Jesus, another Man City attacker, and supporters will get 6/1 when backing him at Betway.