We’ve the FA Community Shield to look forward to this Sunday as Arsenal take on Chelsea in the traditional curtain-raiser to the new Premier League season.
In a re-run of the 2016-17 FA Cup Final the London rivals will clash once again at Wembley, with kick-off scheduled for 2pm.
Many argue the trophy doesn’t really count – a symbolic friendly – but to the clubs who take part every year, it can give a decent indication as to how a season will play out for the coming campaign.
We take a look at the previous 10 winners of the competition and how they finished that season..
2007 Shield winners: Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side would beat Chelsea in the final on penalties after a 1-1 draw at full-time.
2007-08 Premier League position: 1st
2008 Shield winners: Manchester United
Manchester United would retain the trophy with another penalty win over Portsmouth after a 0-0 draw over 90 minutes.
2008-09 Premier League position: 1st
2009 Shield winners: Chelsea
The Blues would gain revenge against United for defeat in ’07 with another final going to penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time.
2009-10 Premier League position: 1st
2010 Shield winners: Manchester United
The Red Devils would romp to a 3-1 win, once again over Chelsea, with goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez.
2010-11 Premier League position: 1st
2011 Shield winners: Manchester United
The 2011 final would see a thriller between Manchester rivals, United and City, as the red half would overcome their neighbours 3-2.
2011-12 Premier League position: 2nd
2012 Community Shield winners: Manchester City
Roberto Mancini’s Man City side would get their hands on the trophy this time round with a 3-2 vicotry against Chelsea at Wembley.
2012-13 Premier League position: 2nd
2013 Shield winners: Manchester United
In David Moyes first game as new Old Trafford boss, the Scot’s side would beat Wigan 2-0 to lift his one and only trophy in charge of the club.
2013-14 Premier League position: 7th
2014 Shield winners: Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal easily marched to victory over Manchester City 3-0 to win it for the first time 2004.
2014-15 Premier League position: 3rd
2015 Shield winners: Arsenal
The Gunners would retain the trophy with a tight 1-0 win over their London rivals Chelsea. Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain scored the only goal of the game.
2015-16 Premier League position: 2nd
2016 Shield winners: Manchester United
Jose Mourinho got his Old Trafford career off to the perfect start with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City. Zlatan Ibrahimovic also got off to a great start with a late winner.
2016-17 Premier League position: 6th
As you can see from above, 40% of the last 10 winners have gone on to win the Premier League that season, while 30% have been runners up.
The last Shield winner to go on and win the title, though, was Manchester United back in 2010 – ominous reading for this weekend’s participants.
Six of the last 10 finals have seen three or more goals scored, with six of those seeing both teams scoring.
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