The Essential Community Shield 2018 Guide

Last Updated: July 29, 2018

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The Community Shield (Sunday 5 August) is the traditional curtain-raiser for the new football season. It is contested by the previous season’s Premier League Title winners and the current FA Cup Champions.

It’s the first chance for clubs to add a piece of silverware to their trophy cabinets, though the main reason for the Community Shield (formerly known as the Charity Shield) is to raise money for worthy causes. Some of the proceeds from the sales of tickets for the match and programmes are distributed to the 124 football clubs that participated in the previous season’s first round of the FA Cup, and the teams can choose which charity or community-based initiative to support. The rest of the proceeds is used to support the FA’s charity partners.

Community Shield History

The Community Shield was first played in 1908, and the match was held at Stamford Bridge. It was contested by Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United, with United eventually winning a replay after the first tie was drawn 1-1. Since then, all subsequent Community Shield matches have been decided on the day.

As well as winning the first Community Shield, Manchester United also hold the record for the most wins, winning it 21 times. Meanwhile, Arsenal and Liverpool are next on the list having each won it 15 times. The 2018 Community Shield will be contested by Manchester City and Chelsea, both of whom have won it on four occasions.

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Manchester City’s Community Shield Record

Manchester City have played in 10 Community Shields, winning four times and losing on six occasions. They have played in three this century, losing to Manchester United in 2011 and to Arsenal in 2014. However, they beat Chelsea 3-2 in the 2012 final.

Chelsea’s Community Shield Record

Chelsea have played in 12 Community Shields, winning four and losing eight. Nine of those appearances have been this century, of which they’ve won three and lost six. Their last win was when beating Manchester United in 2009, however, they have since lost to Manchester United in 2010, Manchester City in 2012, and Arsenal in both 2015 and 2017.

Premier League Winners or FA Cup Winners?

The score stands at nine wins each this century for Premier League winners and FA Cup winners, though it could be worth noting that the four Premier League winners between 2014 and 2017 all failed to win the following season’s Community Shield.

How This Century’s Community Shields Were Won

13 of the 18 Community Shields contested this century were won in normal time. Meanwhile, the other five were won in penalty shootouts. Only two of Chelsea’s nine appearances this century needed penalties to decide the outcome, resulting in one win and one defeat. Meanwhile, none of the three Community Shields Manchester City appeared in this century went to penalties.

Manchester City vs Chelsea Premier League Head To Heads

Manchester City won both Premier League fixtures last season, winning 1-0 both at home and away. However, it was Chelsea who did the double the previous season on their way to winning the Premier League Title. Matches have also produced some freak results, including Chelsea’s 5-1 win in the 2016 FA Cup, though City reversed that form two months later with a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Community Shield 2018 Betting

Manchester City 10/11, Draw 5/2, Chelsea 11/4

Who’ll Win The 2018 Community Shield?

Neither Manchester City nor Chelsea have a particularly great record in the Community Shield, but it could be worth remembering that neither of the team’s current managers have previously been in charge for any of those previous appearances. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola certainly doesn’t like to waste any opportunity to win silverware, and it’s worth noting that Barcelona won the Spanish equivalent under his leadership in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Meanwhile, though Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri isn’t a renowned winner of trophies, he’ll surely be keen to make an instant impact. However, whilst Chelsea may take time to adapt to their new manager’s way of thinking, there’s no reason why City won’t continue in the rich vein of form they finished last season in. Therefore, City are taken to end a poor recent streak for Premier League winners by winning in 90 minutes.

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Community Shield Correct Score Predictions

10 of the last 19 Community Shields have produced at least three goals, with Manchester City’s one victory this century producing a 3-2 score-line, whilst their two defeats produced 3-2 and 3-0 score-lines.
Meanwhile, five of Chelsea’s none appearances also produced matches that had at least three goals in them. Chelsea may also adopt a more attacking style of football under their new manager and this game may be much more open last season’s Premier League matches. Therefore, it could be worth backing more than 2.5 goals, whilst it could also be worth chancing Manchester City to dominate and win 3-0.

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Manchester City to win 3-0 @ 21.00 Marathon, 188Bet

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