Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Community Shield clash between Liverpool and Manchester City, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
The annual English football event takes place at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on Saturday, as Liverpool Y manchester city block the horns for a chance to raise the Community Shield.
Jurgen Klopp‘s team clinched both domestic cups last season, but it was the Citizens who finished tops in the Premier League once again.
With the England women’s team looking to outdo the men at the European Championships, the 100th Community Shield will take place outside Wembley as the Lionesses take on Germany for a shot at glory.
Instead, Leicester City’s King Power Stadium – a ground where Liverpool suffered one of their rare defeats in the 2021-22 season – will host the charity match, as the Foxes prepare to relinquish the crown they won last year by beat Man City in the final. .
Liverpool have been crowned overall winner of the Community Shield 10 times, sharing the honor in a further five seasons, but since 2006 the Reds haven’t held that particular trophy in their hands.
Klopp’s side had their fans to thank for the penalty shootout for their FA and EFL Cup brace over Chelsea last season, but Liverpool’s last two Community Shield defeats actually came from 12 yards, the most recently against Arsenal in the 2020 edition.
The Reds have had two wins and two losses in pre-season so far, but preparations for the reunion with City did not go as planned in Austria during the 1-0 loss to Red Bull Salzburg, and Strasbourg will also pay a visit Anfield 24 hours after the Community Shield.
Lightning struck Lambeau Field literally twice during Man City’s recent friendly with German champions Bayern Munich, as the game was delayed by 15 minutes before being shortened by another 10 due to stormy conditions in Green Bay.
Before the players were taken off the pitch, there was time for Guardiola and the City faithful to bear witness. Erling Braut Haaland scored his first goal in the sky blue to give the Premier League champions a 1-0 win, adding to their previous 2-1 victory against Club América thanks to a kevin de bruyne double.
Man City’s pre-season period is technically over, but Guardiola will resume hostilities with Barcelona for an ALS charity friendly at the end of August, and the Citizens have additional motivation to emerge victorious in the annual opening act.
Indeed, Leicester prevented Manchester City from winning the trophy last year, which would have been the Sky Blues’ seventh overall win in a single game, but they have now lost more Community Shield games than they have won.
Meetings between City and Liverpool in the later stages of cup tournaments are common these days, and the 2021-22 season saw the two powerhouses play out a pair of heart-pounding 2-2 draws in the Premier League before the Reds survived a scare to win their FA Cup Semi-Final by three goals to two.
Liverpool pre-season form:
Manchester City pre-season form:
Liverpool’s treatment room has been very busy during the summer friendlies period, but there is hope that alison becker he will recover from his abdominal problem in time to start between suits, with Klopp set to give further updates in his pre-game press conference.
On a more negative note, Diogo JotaThe hamstring injury is expected to leave him unavailable, while Kostas Tsimikas has also joined Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the med bay after taking a hit in training.
calvin ramsey Y Caoimhin Kelleher They have also been taking care of physical problems in the preseason, so Adrian It may be necessary in goal if the Alisson issue does not give up on time either.
Roberto Firmino has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus in recent days, but the Brazil international should nonetheless fight Darwin Nunez for the number nine spot here.
As for Manchester City, Ruben Days was able to complete 57 minutes of the win over Bayern after battling through injury and illness problems, but Aymeric Laporte He remains sidelined with a knee injury.
the trio of john stones, Phil Foden Y Ilkay Gundogan could not travel to the United States for the preseason, but they will once again be at Guardiola’s disposal here, with the first and nathan ake ready to take some of the defensive load off Dias’ shoulders.
Haaland only had 41 minutes of action in Green Bay, but will surely lead the line ahead of Julian Alvarezwhile the newly arrived companion Calvin Phillips he must settle for a place on the bench.
Possible Liverpool starting line-up:
Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Diaz
Possible Manchester City starting line-up:
Edison; Walker, Dias, Piedras, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, DeBruyne; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish
We say: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City (Liverpool to win on penalties)
A host of goals can normally be expected when Liverpool and Man City collide, but both managers could well choose to take a more conservative approach to avoid further injury problems before the new season starts.
Liverpool and penalty shoot-outs have gone hand-in-hand in recent months, and with hardly anything separating the two sides on the pitch, we’re once again backing Klopp’s side to capitalize on their skill and experience from point of view. upper part.
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