The Community Shield 2021: Preview of Leicester City vs Man City
The Community Shield 2021 Preview of Leicester City vs Man City, This Saturday the FA Cup holder Leicester City and Premier League Champion Manchester City will play for the Community Shield at Wembley in the 2021/22 English season opener. Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester upset Chelsea last season to win the FA Cup, while Pep
Guardiola’s Manchester City won the Premier League crown. Both managers will have another chance at silverware on Saturday evening, though the community Shield may have little importance on the next season as a whole, it feels good to get off to a winning start to get momentum.
Available team News
Leicester City head coach Brendan Rodgers is going to be unable to call upon the services of talented young center-back Wesley Fofana who had a serious injury against Villareal during a friendly match, versatile defender James Justin, experienced center-back Jonny Evans, and Belgian full-back Timothy Castagne.
Players that are Injured: Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, James Justin, Timothy Castagne
Manchester City team news
Manchester City will equally be with their playmaker Phil Foden, while there are doubts over the supply of Euro 2020 stars like Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, John Stones, and Raheem Sterling. Manchester City’s number one shot-stopper Ederson Moraes and forward Gabriel Jesus are doubts also after their involvement at recently concluded Copa America 2021.
The players that are Injured: Phil Foden
Doubtful: John Stones, Raheem Sterling, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne, Ferran Torres, Ederson Moraes, Gabriel Jesus
Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Pereira, Ndidi, Soyuncu, Bertrand; Albrighton, Tielemans, Soumare, Barnes; Vardy, Iheanacho
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan, Palmer; Mahrez, B Silva, Edozie
The FA Cup holders Leicester City combat Premier League champions Manchester City during a battle to secure this season’s first piece of silverware. Leicester City have only managed to lift the Community Shield once before, way back in 1971, though their two victories at Wembley in 2021 thus far, both via the same 1-0 scoreline, should give them confidence.
Leicester City’s task may be a difficult one though, considering that Brendan Rodgers’ men have lost four of the previous five competitive H2H clashes with Manchester City (W1). Strikingly, they conceded after the 65th minute altogether five of these matches, indicating they might become more vulnerable the longer this game goes on.
Furthermore, Manchester City scored the opening goal before the 15th minute in each of their previous two Community Shield appearances (2018 & 2019), and on both occasions, they went on to lift the trophy. Another success here would see them draw level with Tottenham Spurs on seven Community Shield victories – only four other English sides have won quite that (Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Everton).
Viewers all over the world will remain to see whether Man City can strike early, yet history is on their side when it involves finding the internet during this H2H. That’s because the Pep’s men have scored in each of their previous 13 competitive clashes vs Leicester.
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Players to watch:
Leicester City hitman and veteran Jamie Vardy has regularly been a thorn in Man City’s side, scoring 9 goals across the previous 11 H2Hs. Man City’s Gabriel Jesus also enjoys this fixture and has netted in each of his previous three appearances in it. Manchester City’s new arrival Jack Grealish may likely feature in the encounter.
Hot stat: Three of the last four Community Shield matches ended 1-1 and were settled via a penalty shoot-out.
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