Arsenal vs Liverpool is the line-up for the 2020 Community Shield on Saturday 29 August. As is tradition, the 2020 FA Cup winners take on the 2020 Premier League champions in the curtain raiser, which comes two weeks before the start of the rescheduled 2020/21 Premier League season.
The bookies have installed Liverpool as the 7/10 (1.70) favourites to win the match in normal time. It’s then 10/3 (4.33) for the draw and 17/4 (5.25) for an Arsenal win. Both clubs have an identical record in the Community Shield with 15 wins from 23 appearances, but Liverpool are fancied to show their class with a victory that will kickstart the defence of their Premier League title.
Arsenal will take lots of confidence from their finish to last season, which culminated in the FA Cup win that earned them their place in the 2020 Community Shield. That 2-1 win over Chelsea followed wins over Manchester City and Liverpool, but they owed their victory over Liverpool to two costly errors from Van Dijk and Becker. Liverpool had wrapped up the Premier League title by then and are unlikely to be in the mood to let Arsenal breach their defence so easily again.
There’s always a chance that Liverpool won’t be able to match their stunning performance in winning last season’s title but a recent friendly against Stuttgart suggests they are making every effort to make a positive start to the season.
Liverpool beat Stuttgart 3-0 and, while you would expect them to, it’s the team that Jurgen Klopp fielded that suggested he will be taking the Community Shield seriously. The Liverpool manager started with Becker in goal and a defence of Williams, Van Dijk, Gomez, and Robertson. Keita, Jones, and Fabinho then played in midfield behind the normal attacking trio of Firmino, Mane, and Salah.
Liverpool were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals by Firmino and Keita, and this saw the starting 11 completely replaced at half-time. But even the subs stopped Stuttgart scoring, while Brewster added a third for Liverpool.
Arsenal will prove a different test, but Liverpool’s starting 11 were heralded as one of the best-ever Premier League teams last season on their way to the title. Klopp will be looking to go back to back and a confidence-boosting trophy to kickstart the season looks to be high on his season’s wish list.
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