King of Stats: The Community Shield’s numerical secrets revealed

Just because the season’s curtain-raiser is always so genial in nature, doesn’t mean punters should swerve it as a betting opportunity, as we crunch those numbers to offer a little assistance.

The King is back with some more carefully compiled stats, so dig in and take what you will from this treasure trove of trends.

4 – The last four editions of the Community Shield have not been short of entertainment witnessing at least four goals netted. Over 3.5 goals can be backed at 6/5.

7 – Manchester United have bullied their north-west neighbours since their rise to prominence, overcoming Wigan without conceding on seven of the last eight occasions they’ve tussled and another Red Devils win to nil is available at 21/20.

2 – The Latics’ glorious FA Cup run last season was based largely on keeping the opposition at bay, with just two goals finding their way into the Wigan net en-route to lifting the trophy. Those brave enough can take a stab at 17/2 on Wigan keeping United out.

3 – The goals may have rained in the recent Community Shields but finding a winner inside the 90 has proved a little trickier, with three of the last six going all the way to penalties. Decent odds of 9/2 says they’ll be no winner at full-time at Wembley.

6 – Javier Hernandez must look out for who the man in the middle will be these days, having registered six goals form half-a-dozen games in which Mark Clattenburg has refereed. The ‘little pea’ is 5/1 to finish the scoring.

72 % – With the players blowing out the summer cobwebs during the first 45 minutes, the second-half has provided 13 of the last 18 goals in this showpiece fixture. Evens says the second-half will bear the most goal-shaped fruit once more.

19 – Somewhat unsurprisingly United hold the record amount of shields of the community variety, as they look to make it 20 at Wembley at a price of 1/9.