Leicester City vs Manchester City
This long-standing fixture is regarded as the curtain-raiser to the Football season in England. The winner of the previous seasons Premier League take on the holders of the FA Cup for the right to claim the first piece of silverware on offer. Leicester City will be hoping that their strong record at Wembley in 2021 carries on, with their previous two visits both ending in 1-0 wins. They face a tough task, however, against last season’s convincing league winners. And when you factor in the fact that Manchester City have won four of the past five encounters between these two teams, the odds are stacked against Leicester.
Who will win?
Manchester City are favourites to win the match at 1.95, whereas Leicester are priced at 3.75. Given the history of this encounter, picking a draw might not be the worst selection and that option is currently priced at 3.85. Previous encounters between these two teams tend to be competitive encounters and generally always contain late goals, with a goal coming after the 65th minute in all five of the previous Head to Head encounters. Manchester City have scored in each of their previous thirteen encounters against Leicester City, so the odds are firmly in their favour. Half time draw, Full-time Manchester City might be more tempting for 5.0. Another option might be to pick either side to win on penalties, with both teams priced at 6.50 to win via that method.
Who will score?
Predicting the starting lineup is no easy task for this fixture as many of the top players have only just begun their pre-season training following extended breaks after the European Championships and Copa America tournaments that ended a few weeks back. Jamie Vardy had no commitments this summer, having retired from international Football and he does enjoy scoring against these opponents, having managed nine goals in his previous eleven matches against Man City and he is currently available at 3.0 to score any time. Many of Manchester City’s stars were away on international duty so might be a bit undercooked for this match, but Riyad Mahrez will not be in that group. He is almost guaranteed to start the match and has looked on good form in pre-season so he is also a good pick as a goalscorer, currently available for 3.10.
How many goals?
Given the fact that, as previously mentioned, three of the last four community shields have ended in 1-1 draws and also that Leicester’s last visits to Wembley have ended 1-0, coupled with the fact that both teams might not be up to full speed, all adds up to the likeliness of the match containing under 2.5 goals, which is currently priced at 2.25. Six out of the last ten encounters between these two teams have ended with under 2.5 goals (in regular time) so when we add all these factors, under 2.5 goals seems to be the correct selection.