Leicester City vs Man City (2021 FA Community Shield, August 7) Betting Tips & Predictions
Leicester City and Manchester City go head-to-head at the Wembley Stadium in London this Saturday evening with a chance to pick up a piece of silverware heading into the new Premier League season.
Although the FA Community Shield is essentially a pre-season match, both clubs will try their best to win. The boost in confidence the winner receives can go a long way in determining the rest of their season. Both clubs are known for their attacking brand of football, so this match promises to be packed with action. It could prove to be the perfect occasion to bet on football.
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2021 Community Shield Team News
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers now has his full squad back in training and will look to give some of his star players heavy minutes to help them shake their rust off. The winners of the FA Cup signed Boubakary Soumare, Patson Daka, and Ryan Bertrand this summer, all of whom could be handed a start on Saturday evening. Daka was a bright spark in the foxes’ pre-season match against QPR, coming off the bench to get on the scoresheet. Kelechi Iheanacho – one of Leicester’s best players last season – also picked up right where he left off, scoring off the bench in the same match.
However, Leicester has a few problems in defence that they will need to deal with. The recent injury to Wesley Fofana in their match against Villarreal was a massive blow to the Foxes, who also miss veteran centre-back, Jonny Evans. Full-back James Justin also remains sidelined.
That said, there is good news at the other end of the pitch, with attacking midfielder James Maddison returning to action. Harvey Barnes – another long-term absentee – also got valuable minutes against Villarreal, capping it off with a goal. Both players will be available for the final.
Leicester City form: W-D-L-L-W
Predicted Line-up: Schmeichel; Ricardo, Nelson, Soyuncu, Bertrand; Ndidi, Soumare, Tielemans; Daka, Vardy, Iheanacho
Winner of the Premier League last season, Manchester City boasts a squad far superior to their Saturday rival. That being said, manager Pep Guardiola is yet to welcome several key figures back into training, including big names like midfielder Phil Foden and first-choice goalkeeper Ederson Moraes. As a result, while the most common prediction remains a Man City victory, it isn’t as obvious as it has been on previous occasions.
Manchester City has breezed past their opponent in all three pre-season matches they participated in, although they were against significantly weaker opposition. Many academy players got a great opportunity to rub shoulders with some international football stars. Sam Edozie and Cole Palmer are 2 players that have stood out and are expected to see a fair bit of game time on Saturday. The City’s only summer signing so far – Jack Grealish – may not be ready to boot up for this match, although the club will decide on the same later.
Man City form: W-W-W-L-W
Predicted Line-up: Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan, Palmer; Edozie, Mahrez, Knight
2021 Community Shield Odds
The bookies consider Manchester City the odds-on favourite to lift Wembley’s 2021 FA Community Shield trophy this weekend.
- Man City to win in regular time – 19/20
- Leicester City to win in regular time – 5/2
- Man City to lift the trophy – ½
- Leicester City to win the trophy – 3/2
2021 Community Shield Betting Tips
The Community Shield final between Leicester City and Manchester City should be an eventful affair despite a few big names. Although making fool-proof predictions during the season is tough, these 3 betting tips provide good value for the risk.
- Riyad Mahrez to score anytime – 9/5
The Algerian winger was one of City’s best performers last season. As the club progressed to the first Champions League final in its history, he played a key role in scoring 3 goals against PSG in the semi-finals. This summer, the absence of international duty meant that Mahrez could return to training fresh and rousing. His pre-season performances are testimony to the same.
Mahrez started and scored in all 3 of City’s pre-season friendlies. Moreover, he looked full of confidence. The arrival of Jack Grealish means that there is added pressure on him to perform, and a goal against Leicester might be enough to secure his spot in the team for the moment. After observing Mahrez’s involvement in the first quarter of an hour, one may also consider this tip an in-play bet.
- Both teams to score – 57/100
A largely expected outcome, and understandably so. Manchester City and Leicester love to go forward and are known especially for their free-flowing brand of football. On top of that, Manchester City will be without first-choice defenders Kyle Walker, John Stones, and possibly Oleksandr Zinchenko. Also, Leicester will be missing some important players at the back, as mentioned earlier. Given the 2 clubs’ firepower up front and the lack of options at the back, backing both teams to get on the scoresheet feels like a fairly safe prediction.
- Under 10.5 corners and 4.5 goals – 31/40
These 2 clubs have racked up less than 10.5 corners between them in their last 4 meetings. That pattern will likely continue, as the lack of a proper target man in the box for either team means that both will try to play their way through the defence instead of getting to the byline and putting in crosses at every opportunity.
Furthermore, while both teams love to play on the front foot, they will be a little cautious of one another with a trophy on the line. They should both get on the scoresheet, but don’t expect goals galore!
Final Prediction for 2021 FA Community Shield
It is the classic example of a match that could go either way, and it isn’t easy to pick a winner. If Manchester City had their full squad at their disposal, a prediction in their favour would be a no-brainer. Still, Pep Guardiola has enough quality on his team to break down the Leicester defence and pick up the 2021 FA Community Shield regardless of the absentees.
Let’s try: Leicester City 1-2 Manchester City
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