It’s the Premier League’s appetiser between champions Manchester City and last season’s FA Cup winners Arsenal at Wembley, as we run the rule over the bets of choice for the 92nd edition of the Community Shield.
Manchester City to lift the trophy @ 8/13
It’s quite logical that the team who was crowned champions in the season just gone are more likely to be the strongest side and so it’s proved with 8 of the last 11 victors being Premier League holders.
Arsenal fans won’t need any reminding of the 6-3 mauling they received at the Etihad last season either, which was a pivotal moment in the title race.
City have enjoyed a more successful pre-season too, bedding in their new signings well and have the advantage of two more games under their belts.
Over 3.5 goals @ 9/5
Thankfully for the neutral the Community Shield has regularly provided plenty of goals in recent times.
Four of the last five have contained in excess of 3.5, while last season’s meeting between Manchester united and Wigan saw a 2-0 win for the Red Devils.
Before that, City had been in two humdingers against Chelsea and United with both finishing with five goals apiece – while last season’s league meetings against the Gunners produced 11 goals.
Stevan Jovetic to score first @ 11/2
The man who played fourth fiddle in the City striking department mainly due to lengthy spells in the Etihad medical room during their title tilt, has hit the ground sprinting in pre-season.
Clearly making up for lost time, Jovetic’s predatory instincts have seen the Montenegrin bag five goals in his last three matches across the pond in America.
In the absence of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo at Wembley it seems logical the red-hot striker will be in from the first whistle.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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