Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Community Shield 2018: Chelsea vs Man City predictions, stats and betting tips

Pep Guardiola Man City via Getty Images
Eugene Bates | 04 August, 2018, 14:44

Chelsea are playing Man City in the Community Shield. "We are going to try and convince the federation or the guys who decide the work permit to allow him to stay because I think he has potential to play and improve with us".

But whatever the line-ups, there are plenty of talking points and the game will be closely watched for clues as domestic football reclaims centre stage just three weeks after the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

The Italian took over from compatriot Antonio Conte last month after almost wrestling the Serie A title from Juventus with old club Napoli last season.

Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are the only players not to return to the group after the World Cup.

Though both teams will not be at full strength, one star set to start for Manchester City will be new signing Riyad Mahrez. "Now, from Monday we will be all together thinking what we have to do this season to maintain the level of last season".

"It's the Community Shield, the players know I'll prepare like it was the best final we have to play, so seriously, to try to know as much as possible about Chelsea, right now, and Hudson-Odoi, the new winger - he's so fast", Guardiola said.

Chelsea have lost each of their last two games against Manchester City - they haven't lost three in succession against them since September 2010.

"I think it will be a good game, always Chelsea is a big rival". Antonio (Conte) was. I am delighted that players with this style of play will be ideal for English football.

For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.

Asked if he expects the 29-year-old to be part of his midfield this season, Sarri said: "Yes I do".

The Brazil-born Italian had been tipped to become the long-term successor to Fernandinho for the Premier League champions. "I want players who want to come to Manchester City".

"At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea", Sarri said.

"Yes, we were close but in the end Jorginho chose to stay with Sarri", he said.

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