Community Shield Preview - Chelsea vs Manchester City 05 August 2018

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Community Shield
Chelsea vs Manchester City
Sunday, August 5th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

Last five matches form: W W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.63
Average goals against per match: 1.00
17/18 Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (12)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.79
Average goals against per match: 0.71
17/18 Top Scorer: Sergio Aguero (21)

Following the feast of football that was this summer's World Cup, focus now once again turns to the domestic action.

This Sunday sees the traditional curtain raiser ahead of the looming Premier League season as FA Cup winners, Chelsea, take on Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.

We pretty much know what to expect from Manchester City now. Slick football, dominance of possession and lots of goals. There's no reason to suspect they will be any weaker this term as Pep Guardiola looks to build his legacy at the club.

It will however be very interesting to see how Chelsea line-up here under new coach Maurizio Sarri, with many fans anticipating a more attacking set up.

The World Cup does look to have a significant bearing on the line ups here, with some of those to have taken part being afforded an extended break.

Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kanté, Thibaut Courtois and Olivier Giroud are expected to miss out for Chelsea.

Manchester City look set to go without Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

It will be exciting to see Riyad Mahrez in a Manchester City shirt at long last, although he does have an ankle knock, whilst another to keep an eye on is youngster Eric Garcia, who has been seriously impressive in pre-season.

Given the missing players in key attacking and midfield positions, we probably shouldn't read too much into the result of this game when considering the season ahead. Manchester City were significantly better than Chelsea last season though, and even with their absentees may have too much.

Prediction: Chelsea 1 - 2 Manchester City


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  4 - 15
Shots on target: 1 - 8
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 44% - 56%

Despite rumours to the contrary both sides went with pretty strong line-ups here. Although as anticipated many of the World Cup players did sit this one out.

It was City who started on the front foot, building the pressure as Chelsea struggled to gain a foothold in the game.

The opener came in the 13th minute and it was the man who has provided City's goals at a more prolific rate than any other player in recent years who grabbed it. Receiving the ball from Phil Foden just inside the 18 yard box, Sergio Aguero took a touch before dispatching emphatically into the bottom right hand corner. Goal number 200 in a City shirt for the Argentine.

Chelsea did grow into the game as the half wore on but were unable to trouble Claudio Bravo in the City goal. Morata and Hudon-Odoi blazing over being as close as they came. 0-1 at the break.

It was all City at the start of the second half, with Aguero having two excellent opportunities to add to his tally. Firstly, firing wide and secondly rounding the keeper only to shoot into the side netting.

You can't keep giving a man like Aguero chances though and in the 58th minute he did grab his second of the afternoon. Slipped into the right-hand side of the area by Bernardo Silva, he fired first time into the bottom right hand corner.

City looked the more likely side in the remainder of the game with further chances for Aguero and youngster Brahim Diaz. 0-2 it finished though.

That's the first trophy in the bag for the season for this exceptional City side. Bigger challenges no doubt lie in wait, but on the evidence,  they still look to be the side that everyone has to beat.

We wouldn't judge Chelsea too harshly though as it always takes a little time to adjust to a new manager and they were without star man Eden Hazard.

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