Community Shield Preview – Manchester City v Chelsea

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will officially begin his tenure as the first piece of silverware for the new season will be decided as they take on Manchester City in the Community Shield.

The annual curtain raiser before the Premier League begins next week, sees the FA Cup winners and Premier League winners clash.

It gives Sarri a chance to begin his career in England at Wembley, and the Italian is looking forward to the game.

Sarri said: “First of all I’m looking forward to playing at Wembley, because it’s my first time. The match will be very difficult for us.

“I want to win, because it’s very important to have immediately a trophy. But in this moment of the season it’s very important, the performance. We have to improve, of course.”

City boss Pep Guardiola is looking forward to forging a new rivalry with Sarri.

“I am happy that he (Sarri) is here in the Premier League,” Guardiola said. “I will learn a lot to see his team every weekend. I saw three games. He gets it, the team in a short time plays like he wants.

“I think it will be a good game, always Chelsea is a big rival. Antonio was, Maurizio will be too. The style of play will be perfect for English football.”

See below for a preview on the game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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Chelsea 15:00 Manchester City
Wembley Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Man City’s big summer signing Riyad Mahrez is available, but World Cup stars Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling won’t feature. Youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to start for Chelsea. New signing Jorginho will also be involved.
KEY FACT: The last side to win the Community Shield and then go on to win the Premier League were Manchester United in 2010. 
MATCH ODDS: Chelsea 13/5 Draw 13/5 Man City 23/20
bet365 Pick: City to win and both teams to score 11/4
ANDY SAYS: Man City will wrap up the first piece of silverware, can see goals here too…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: I wonder if we are going to see a shock here, indeed I am going for Chelsea to cause a shock…1-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Kyle Walker – best right back in the world, should be higher

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