The new Premier League season is just a week away and of course, next week we will give you our pre-season preview of the 20-teams in the division and a rundown of the best bets to make for each team, as well as how we think the Premier League table will look come the end of the season.
However, this week we have the first game of the new season, the traditional opening game of the new season, the Community Shield, which this year features Champions Manchester City taking on the FA Cup and Carabao Cup Winners, and Premier League and Champions League runner’s up, Liverpool.
Last season, the teams met three times, twice drawing 2-2 in the Premier League and then in the FA Cup Semi Final, Liverpool emerged as the 3-2 winners over City in an exciting game at Wembley in April.
There has been very little between the teams in recent times and Saturday’s game should be an absolute cracker to kick start what promises to be an exciting and somewhat unusual 2022/23 Premier League season, with the 2022 World Cup Finals set to be played slap bang in the middle of the season.
With Wembley out of commission due to the final of the Women’s European Championships being played over the same weekend, this year’s Community Shield will be at the home of last year’s winners Leicester City, although subsequent games will likely be played back at Wembley from next year onwards rather than the King Power Stadium.
As you would expect for such a big game, bet365 Sport is offering extensive pre-match betting on the Community Shield right now and more markets will be available as we head towards kick off.
Remember too, that once the game is underway, you can enjoy a wide range of In Play bets on the site.
Let’s now preview the match in a bit more detail by taking a closer look at the two teams set to face off for the first piece of silverware of the new season.
Community Shield – Manchester City v Liverpool
- Date – Saturday 30th July
- Venue – King Power Stadium, Leicester
- Kick Off – 5pm UK Time (Live on ITV)
- Referee – Craig Pawson
- Assistants – Harry Lennard, Nick Hopton
- 4th Official – Darren England
- VAR – John Brooks, Assistant VAR – Lee Betts
- Rules – 90 Minutes played – If the game finishes in a draw, penalties decides the winner with no extra time played.
- Substitutions – Six per team permitted.
Liverpool have won the trophy 15 times (10 outright wins, 5 shared), with Manchester City winning it on six occasions (6 outright wins).
Team Preview – Manchester City
- Manager – Pep Guardiola
- League Position Last Season – 1st
- Ground – Etihad Stadium
- Capacity – 55,017
- Trophies Won Last Season – Premier League
- Last Season’s Leading Goalscorer – Kevin de Bruyne – 15 goals
Manchester City clinched the Premier League title by a point last season, but fell short in the domestic cup competitions and went out of the Champions League to Real Madrid in a dramatic semi-final meaning that the trophy that the club wants most eluded them once again.
To try and improve on that, City have made a number of changes to their squad this season, with a quartet of first team regulars moving on, alongside a host of fringe and young players leaving either on transfers, frees or loans.
Key Players Out
- Fernandinho (DMC)– to Atletico Paranaense (Free)
- Gabriel Jesus (AC) – to Arsenal (£45m)
- Raheem Sterling (AMRC)– to Chelsea (£50m)
- Zack Steffen (G)– to Middlesbrough (Loan)
- Oleksandr Zinchenko (DMLC) – to Arsenal (£32m)
Key Players In
- Erling Haaland (AC) – from Borussia Dortmund – (£51m)
- Kalvin Phillips (DMC)– from Leeds United (£50m)
- Stefan Ortega (G)– from Arminia Bielefeld (Free)
The star man coming in is Erling Haaland who will be expected to fire the goals to take City further in the Champions League than they have managed previously but it is going to be interesting to see how City adapt to having a natural number 9 playing in attack, rather than the false 9 that they played with so successfully last season.
First Team Manchester City Squad – 2022/23 Season
- Ederson (G)
- Stefan Ortega (G)
- Kyle Walker (DRC)
- Ruben Dias (DC)
- John Stones (DC)
- Nathan Ake (DRC)
- Joan Cancelo (DL)
- Aymeric Laporte (DC)
- Kalvin Phillips (DMC)
- Ilkay Gundogan (MC)
- Jack Grealish (AMC)
- Rodrigo (DMC)
- Kevin De Bruyne (AMC)
- Bernardo Silva (AMLC)
- Phil Foden (AMRC)
- Cole Palmer (MC)
- Erling Haaland (AC)
- Julian Alvarez (AC)
- Riyad Mahrez (AMLC)
Man City’s Probable XI – (4-3-3) – Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Rodri, Phillips, Silva, De Bruyne, Haaland, Foden
City will likely go with Phillips alongside Rodri in a more measured midfield with De Bruyne pushed into a more advanced role alongside Haaland and Foden.
Team Preview – Liverpool
- Manager – Jurgen Klopp
- League Position Last Season – 2nd
- Ground – Anfield
- Capacity – 53,394 (being up
- Trophies Won Last Season – FA Cup, Carabao Cup, 2nd in Premier League & Champions League
- Leading Goalscorer – Mo Salah – 23 goals
It was an incredible season for Liverpool with the Reds losing just four games all season, but even so, they could not do enough to lift the Premier League trophy and also missed out on the Champions League, losing 1-0 to Real Madrid despite dominating the final.
The FA Cup and Carabao Cup wins were positives and this off season the Reds waved goodbye to Sadio Mane, who left the club to join Bayern Munich. A number of other fringe players left including Neco Williams, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino.
Key Players Out
- Divock Origi (Ac) – to AC Milan (Free)
- Loris Karius (G) – Free Agency
- Sadio Mane (ALC)– to Bayern Munich (£35m)
- Takumi Minamino (AMC)– to AS Monaco (£15.5m)
- Neco Williams (DR)– to Nottingham Forest (£17m)
- Ben Davies (DC)– to Rangers (£4m)
Key Players In
- Fabio Carvalho (AMLC)– from Fulham (£10m)
- Darwin Nunez (AC)– from Benfica (£64m)
- Calvin Ramsey (DMR)– from Aberdeen (£6.5m)
Coming into the club are two youngsters in the shape of Carvalho who will be able to cover any of the front three, while Calvin Ramsey adds depth at right back now that Neco Williams has moved on.
However, it is the arrival of Darwin Nunez from Benfica that has most Reds fans excited as they match what City have done by reshaping their attack to now have a natural big number 9 to have as the focal point for their play.
First Team Liverpool Squad – 2022/23 Season
- Alisson Becker (G)
- Caoimhin Kelleher (G)
- Adrian (G)
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (DMR)
- Andy Robertson (DML)
- Konstantinos Tsimikas (DL)
- Joel Matip (DC)
- Virgil van Dijk (DC)
- Joe Gomes (DRLC)
- Ibrahima Konate (DC)
- Calvin Ramsey (DMR)
- Nat Phillips (DC)
- Fabinho (DMC)
- James Milner (DMLRC)
- Jordan Henderson (MC)
- Thiago (MC)
- Naby Keita (AMLC)
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (AMRC)
- Curtis Jones (MC)
- Harvey Elliott (AMLC)
- Fabio Carvalho (AMLRC)
- Tyler Morton (DMC)
- Roberto Firmino (AMC)
- Mo Salah (AMLC)
- Diogo Jota (AC)
- Luis Diaz (AMRC)
- Darwin Nunez (AC)
Liverpool’s Probable XI – (4-3-3) – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Van Dijk, Konate, Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson, Salah, Diaz, Nunez
What Are The Bets To Back On The Community Shield?
With both sides very well matched in the past few years, last season the teams drew 2-2 twice in the Premier League with Liverpool edging the FA Cup Semi Final between the two with a 3-2 win, this looks like being another very close game.
As such, I think the draw is the most likely result at 90 minutes, with the winner being decided by penalties. I also feel both teams will score at least once in the game.
This leaves these as the best betting options open at present.
- Full Time Result – Draw – 23/10
- Correct Score – Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool – 11/2
- Result Both Teams to Score – Draw / Yes – 10/3
Remember to check back next week for our look at the new Premier League season which starts next weekend.