Community Shield | Leicester City vs Manchester City: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Jack Grealish’s first Manchester City interview

Jack Grealish gives an insight into his decision to join Manchester City after completing his move from Aston Villa.


Leicester City vs Manchester City: Line-ups

Leicester City

Manchester City

Foxes Primed for a Winning Start

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Leicester secured their first ever FA Cup trophy last season courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the final on May 15, while Man City ultimately finished 12 points clear of second-place Manchester United at the top of the 2020-21 Premier League table to reclaim the title from Liverpool.

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Leicester have now reset for the new season, and they have been involved in four friendlies this summer, losing their first two to Burton Albion and Wycombe Wanderers on July 24 and July 28 respectively before ending last month with a 3-3 draw against Queens Park Rangers. The Foxes finished their preparations for the new campaign with a 3-2 victory over Villarreal.

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Man City, meanwhile, are bidding to win the Community Shield for the seventh time, having previously lifted this particular trophy in 1937, 1968, 1972, 2012, 2018 and 2019. The Citizens proved to be too strong for the rest of the competition in last season’s Premier League and will be looking to make the perfect start to the new campaign when they travel to Tottenham Hotspur in their opener on August 15, with Harry Kane’s future still very much up in the air.

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City have only been involved in three pre-season matches this summer, opening their preparations on July 27 with a 2-0 victory over Preston North End before putting four unanswered goals past Barnsley last weekend. Man City then recorded a 4-1 win over Blackpool on Tuesday evening and will view Saturday’s contest as a valuable exercise with the new Premier League season just around the corner.

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Rodgers’s side have managed to bring in Patson Daka, Boubakary Soumare and Ryan Bertrand this summer, and more new additions are expected before the transfer window closes. City have closed a deal for Grealish, while Kane remains a leading target, and it will be fascinating to see whether the Manchester giants manage to sign more players before the end of the window.

DPP Verdict

Man City would certainly have the edge if both teams were at full strength, but the Citizens will be missing a number of important players this weekend. Leicester, on the other hand, have a lot of their key individuals available, and we fancy the Foxes to record a narrow win to lift this trophy for the second time in their history.