Community Shield Preview
Manchester City against Liverpool is always a cracker. That is why this year’s Community Shield shield is going to be very exciting. Usually, the community Shield is played between the winner of the Premier League and the winner of the FA Cup. However, as City won both of those trophies, then the second-placed team, which was Liverpool, get the opportunity to play in the cup.
Last season in the league, Liverpool’s only defeat was against City in early January when they lost 2-1. This was costly for them as City went on to win the league by only one point. This will be the first time the two teams meet in the Community Shield. It should be an entertaining encounter with five of the last six games between the two teams ending in more than three goals being scored. Liverpool have been somewhat of a bogey team for City and they have only lost one of the last five matches against the English champions, with the one game being the last one they played.
Liverpool have won the Community Shield 15 times which is joint second with Arsenal, only behind Manchester United who have won it 21 times. Liverpool have not played in the competition for a while, with their last appearance coming 13 years ago in 2006 after they won the FA Cup. City, on the other hand, have won it 5 times and are the holders as they won it last year.
The Community Shield is a great way to start the English domestic season, and this year’s showdown will give an early indication of how the season will pan out. It doesn’t mean whoever wins this match will go on to win the title, however, as they are the two favorites it will put into perspective how prepared they are for the start of the new season.