Community Shield: Manchester City v Manchester United
Posted 5th August 2011
The Premier League's traditional curtain raiser is the first chance for a team to land silverware for the new season. The Community Shield also might offer us the first opportunity to see who will be crowned Premier League champions this coming season.
Both clubs from Manchester have been busy with their transfer dealings over the summer and there may be still more to come before the window closes at the end of the month. Sir. Alex has lost some of his most experienced players with the retirement of Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Saar and Gary Neville but he has replaced them with some very talented young prospects in Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea.
Roberto Mancini has continued to splash the big bucks at Eastlands this summer and Sergio Aguero has been brought in as an £35 million replacement for Carlos Tevez. Gael Clichy has also arrived from Arsenal to shore up the defence.
We should get to see the majority of the new signings from both clubs on Sunday in what should be a feisty encounter. United are coming off the back of a record 19th league title win but they will also be out to prove this season that they can be the best in club football after being totally outclassed by Barcelona in the Champions League final.
City themselves had a very successful season after they ended their trophy drought by landing the FA Cup and then also qualified for the Champions League. This season, Mancini will be hoping his side can push on a make a real challenge for the title next May.
Sunday's match will be very tight between these two rivals and we could see it going to penalties. Three of the last four Community Shields have been decided by spot kicks so backing the draw at 9/4 with Unibet looks wise for Sunday.
When these two played out their semi-final in the FA Cup last April, it was incredibly close until Patrick Veira broke the deadlock. This time neither might be able to find a way through as both will defend for their lives so as not to give anything away. A stalemate in 90 minutes could be on and it is worth a punt at 33/4 with Unibet.
Tip #1: Back a draw at 9/4 with Unibet.
Tip #2: Back 0-0 in 90 minutes at 33/4 with Unibet.