Chelsea vs. Manchester City: Community Shield – Match Preview

Chelsea face the Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday in the season opening Community Shield.

Maurizio Sarri took charge of Chelsea during the summer, after the club parted company with Antonio Conte.

Jorginho has been the Blues stand out addition, leaving Napoli along with Sarri for Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City have only added Riyad Mahrez so far to their squad as they look to defend their Premier League title.

Pep Guardiola will have to do without numerous players for this fixture after they went far in the summer’s World Cup.

Match history
Manchester City won home and away against the Blues last season on route to 100 points and a third Premier League title.

The season prior Chelsea won both fixtures as they lifted the title, including a 3-1 win at the Etihad.

Last five meetings (All Premier League)
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0 – 04/03/18
Chelsea 0 Manchester City 1 – 30/09/17
Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1 – 05/04/17
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 3 – 03/12/16
Chelsea 0 Manchester City 3 – 16/04/16

Chelsea & BTTS – 5/1 with Sky Bet

Team news
Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kanté, Olivier Giroud and Thibaut Courtois are not due to play on Sunday following World Cup involvement.

Willian reported back late for pre-season and is unlikely to be involved.

Luke Bolton and Eric Garcia could be given starts here following their heavy involvement in pre-season.

Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte are doubtful for the game, but should start.

Expected starting XI’s
Chelsea (4-3-3): Caballero; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Fabregas, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, Hudson-Odoi
Manchester City (4-3-3): Bravo; Bolton, Garcia, Laporte, Zinchenko; B.Silva, Gundogan, Foden; Mahrez, Aguero, Sane

Predictions

Result: Chelsea (13/5 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 2-1 (23/2 with 888 Sport)

Anytime Goalscorer: Pedro (22/5 with 888 Sport)

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