The Community Shield (Sunday 4 August, 3pm) is the traditional Premier League curtain raiser between the winners of the previous season’s Premier League Title and the FA Cup. Of course, as Manchester City completed the Premier League/FA Cup double last season, they get to play the Premier League runners-up, Liverpool.
Check out our stats, analysis, and free tips for the Community Shield 2019.
Manchester City Community Shield Performances
Manchester City have played in four of Community Shield this decade. They lost the first of those 3-2 to big rivals Manchester United in 2011, before beating Chelsea by the same score in 2012. They then lost 3-0 to Arsenal in 2014 before beating Chelsea 2-0 in 2018.
Liverpool Community Shield Performances
Liverpool have played in three Community Shields this century, beating Manchester United 2-1 in 2001 before losing 1-0 to Arsenal the following year. Their last appearance in it was in 2006 when they beat Chelsea 2-1. Interestingly, both those wins came after winning the previous season’s FA Cup, whilst they were beaten in 2002 when earning the right to play in it after finishing second in the league the previous season.
Manchester City Pre-Season Form
City ended last season by winning 14 of their last 15 games in all competitions, with their only defeat in that period being a careless 1-0 away defeat to Tottenham in the Champions League. They’ve looked to have simply been going through the motions in their pre-season matches, beating West Ham 4-1 and drawing with Wolves 0-0 in the Premier League Asia Trophy, before beating Kitchee SC and Yokohama F Marinos with the minimum of fuss. Raheem Sterling and Lukas Nmecha have caught the eye by scoring a few pre-season goals.
Liverpool Pre-Season Form
Liverpool’s busy pre-season build-up has had its up and downs. As expected, they beat Tranmere and Bradford with the minimum of fuss, with U-17 World Cup golden boot winner Rhian Brewster enhancing his reputation by scoring a few goals, suggesting that Jurgen Klopp thinks the youngster could fill the gap left by the departure of Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool endured a poor run after that, with defeats against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, and Napoli and a draw with Sporting Lisbon as Klopp continually tinkered with his starting line-up. However, there were signs Klopp took Liverpool’s last match against Lyon more seriously, with both Salah and Firmino starting in the 3-1 win.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Head-To-Heads
Manchester City and Liverpool have played each other six times in the last two seasons. Their first Premier League match in 2017 saw City run out easy 5-0 winners after Mane was dismissed in the 37th minute.
Liverpool took their revenge 4-3 later that season and they inflicted two more defeats on City in the Champions League 3-0 at home and 2-1 away.
Last year’s matches were nowhere near as exciting, with them battling out a 0-0 draw at Anfield before City beat Liverpool 2-1 at the Etihad in a game that ultimately decided the title.
Jesus and Sane are the City players who have scored well against Liverpool in this time, though Sane may not play if the rumours about him moving to Bayern Munich are true, though his current price tag may put the German side off.
Salah and Mane have scored against City, but Firmino has a good record, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also bagged a couple of goals against the title holders.
Community Shield Verdict 2019
Which teams wins the 2019 Community Shield may boil down to the mentality of the two managers. If last year’s exploits are anything to go by, Jurgen Klopp is only bothered about the Champions League and the Premier League and, as he fielded weakened sides in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, there has to be a good chance he will do the same in this even lesser event.
It’s also debatable whether Man City will field their strongest side, but Pep Guardiola doesn’t like to let any trophy slip through his fingers – so the slight odds-on price about a City win could be the value judged on the way that City won last year’s Community Shield.
Sterling could be the bet to break the deadlock, as he’s been scoring in pre-season training and Wembley had become a second home to him after his recent performances there for both City and England.