Community Shield preview: Guardiola and Manchester city look to pick up where they left off last season

But Chelsea and their new boss Maurizio Sarri will be standing in their way at Wembley Stadium


With the World Cup in Russia barely over, fans and players alike are already gearing up for the restart of Europe’s major leagues next month. Chelsea and Manchester City, the winners of the FA Cup and Premier League respectively last season, go head to head in what could be an entertaining encounter.

Chelsea and Manchester City may well be established rivals these days but there is certainly mutual respect between the two managers. This contest could well be worth keeping an eye on.

Getting the ball rolling

First things first, swing by the Oddsshark website, procure your favourite betting site and sort out your very own account with a username and password. As a new customer and club football set to get underway once again, there should be several promotions and sales on offer.

Where can I win money in this match?

This may not be the biggest game of the English season, but this season could see a cracker. City broke records last season, reaching 100 points and scoring over 100 goals in the process.

Chelsea meanwhile struggled last season under Anotnio Conte as the former champions slumped to fifth place in the table. The Stamford Bridge outfit finished a massive 30 points behind City, although fans could console themselves by beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

Nevertheless it will be of little surprise that it is Manchester City who come into this game as the favourites to claim the first silverware of the season. The Citizens are at just 1.50 to lift the Community Shield, with Chelsea higher in the odds at 2.50 in the most straightforward type of bet you can make on this game.

If you think the game will be over inside 90 minutes then the prices – and therefore the potential payouts – will be higher. You can almost double your money by backing Manchester City to wrap up this contest by the full-time whistle at 1.90, according to Oddsshark.

Chelsea’s price to win inside 90 minutes is much higher at 3.80. A draw sees a slightly lower price of 3.60 on the cards, which would subsequently lead to penalties and another chance to bet – you can bet on the game being decided after penalties, while deciding the game will not go to spot kicks sees that price drop to just 1.28.

And the London club have the incentive of trying to prove that they belong at the top table of English football. Sarri played bold, attacking football at Napoli and can be considered unlucky not to have claimed a league title in his time there despite his side amassing over 90 points in one season.

With both teams liking to play their football on the front foot we could well see goals and plenty of them in this Community Shield clash. It’s difficult trying to predict scores, but a 3-1 win for favourites Manchester City is priced at 15.00 – meaning that a US$5 bet would offer a US$75 pay out.

Both teams to score would also look a logical bet to make given the playing styles of both managers. You can back such an outcome at just 1.66, while you could potentially more than double your money by betting on “No” to that at 2.10.

Having finished fifth last season, Chelsea’s priority for this campaign must be regaining their Champions League place. Taking the scalp of Manchester City at the first opportunity would lay down a serious marker of intent for the season ahead.

It’s always worth remembering that the more specific the bet, the bigger the potential pay out. Given the fact that Manchester City are the clear favourites, you can back them to win both halves at 6.00.

Do you think Guardiola’s men are capable of scoring in both halves as well? Then back that inclination at 2.75, almost tripling your initial investment, while Chelsea are further out at 4.,50 to net in both the first and the second half.

As well as the full time result, you may also put a bet on the result at the interval. You could possibly quadruple your investment by backing Chelsea to be leading at the interval at 4.00, while Manchester City are at 2.50 to have a first half advantage.

Both teams to score in the first half is priced at 4.33. Those odds drop to 3.00 for the second half.

Odds (after 90 minutes): Chelsea (3.80), Manchester City (1.90), draw (3.60)

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