Liverpool vs Manchester City betting tips: Community Shield match preview and predictions

Liverpool vs Manchester City prediction: Liverpool 1-2 Manchester City

After both won silverware last season, Liverpool and Manchester City do battle once more.

Manchester City completed a domestic clean-sweep last term winning the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and this competition.

Liverpool meanwhile beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in June’s Champions League Final to be crowned European Champions for the sixth time.

The Merseyside giants make it into this game off the back of coming second last season, in the Premier League.

In the Community Shield, Liverpool have won 15, the joint-second most, with the last of those coming way back in 2006.

Manchester City are the defending champions after they won the Shield for the fifth time against Chelsea 12 months ago.

Will it be the Champions of England or the Champions of Europe who kick off with a win at Wembley?


MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01 : Jordan Henderson of Liverpool kisses the UEFA Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Champions League Final highlights: Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

FA Cup Final highlights: Manchester City 6-0 Watford

Liverpool vs Manchester City: Who will win?

Liverpool are big underdogs at 29/10 to win this match in normal time.

Manchester City are odds on favourites at 10/11 to retain the Shield.

A draw, which would force a penalty shootout, is 13/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/11.

Both teams to score is 8/13.

Liverpool to win and both teams to score is 6/1.

Manchester City to win and both teams to score is 5/2.

Liverpool are 6/4 to lift the shield; Man City are 1/2.

Sergio Aguero

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Sergio Agüero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Mo Salah has scored 71 goals in 104 Liverpool appearances. The Egyptian is 6/1 to score first and 15/8 to get his first of the season.

Sergio Agüero netted a brace in this final last year and is looking to become the first player to score in back to back Community Shields since 1986. He is 15/4 to score first and 21/20 to score anytime.

Raheem Sterling scored 25 goals last season but has never netted against his former side. He is 5/1 to score first and 6/4 to break that duck anytime.

Liverpool vs Manchester City: Community Shield Match preview

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with Trent Alexander-Arnold during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Will it be another successful season for Liverpool?

Last season, despite amassing 97 points, Jürgen Klopp’s men missed out on the Premier League title by just a solitary point.

However, back in June, goals from Salah and Origi saw them beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League.

Klopp’s first trophy in England and the club’s sixth European Cup.

This season, they could actually win seven competitions.

The Reds will compete for the usual two domestic cups, the UEFA Champions League and this competition too.

Also, they’re taking on Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on August 14th and, in December, they’ll fly over to Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup.

Nevertheless, the one they want more than any other is the Premier League title.

This season will mark 30 years since Liverpool last won the league so can they finally end the wait?

In all likelihood, they’re going to be battling Manchester City to do just that so the Reds would love to set down an early marker here.

Will Manchester City retain the Community Shield?

Man City celebrate

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 03: Sergio Agüero of Manchester City (10) celebrates with Aymeric Laporte (14) and team mates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

As for the Citizens, they made history last season.

No men’s English side had ever won all four domestic honours available until Guardiola’s side did just that.

However, April’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final exit to Tottenham on away goals still stings.

These two teams now find themselves in an odd quandary with one another.

Liverpool won the Champions League and Manchester City won the Premier League.

However, it’s the Premier League that Liverpool long for and Manchester City are desperate to go all the way in Europe.

Only time will tell if either or both can achieve their respective holy grails but, for now at least, just the Community Shield is on the line.

Who will be victorious in the season curtain raiser?

Liverpool team news vs Manchester City

MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Liverpool players celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Metropolitano on June 1, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Jürgen Klopp is in a difficult position right now and will have to juggle his squad.

That’s because two of his first team regulars were at the Copa América with three more competing at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Alisson is one of two Brazilians in their ranks who won Copa América as recently as July seventh but he’s back and is expected to start in goal.

In defence, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson were all undroppable last season.

Each made at least 40 appearances last season.

The only question mark surrounds the identity of the other centre-back.

Joe Gomez struggled with injury last year but is likely to start ahead of Joël Matip and Dejan Lovren.

New 17 year old signing Sepp van den Berg is unlikely to make his debut.

In midfield, Fabinho was left out of Brazil’s Copa América winning squad so will be fresh.

He’s expected to start at the base of midfield with Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum either side.

Although, Naby Keïta, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ensure those three midfield spots are very competitive.

16 year old Harvey Elliott is the other summer signing but he too is unlikely to feature.

Further forward, Klopp has some decisions to make.

Sadio Mané is not available as he represented Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations Final as recently as July 19.

Mohamed Salah’s Egypt went out in the round of 16 though so he’s expected to feature.

Likewise, Roberto Firmino should start less than a month on from Copa América glory.

However, the third spot in the front three is up for grabs.

Divock Origi, Rhian Brewster, Xherdan Shaqiri and Ryan Kent are all expected to play some part this season.

But, after impressing in pre-season, Harry Wilson is likely to start this one.

Will this side end Manchester City’s domestic dominance?

Manchester City team news vs Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City lifts the trophy following the FA Cup Final match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium on May 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

As for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola too does not have a squad at full strength due to summer international tournaments.

Goalkeeper Ederson did not play a single minute of Brazil’s Copa América campaign but isn’t available for this one.

Claudio Bravo, who missed that competition through injury, will start for the first time since the last Community Shield 364 days ago.

In defence, with Vincent Kompany gone and Nicolás Otamendi only just back from his break, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte were expected be the centre-backs.

However, Laporte has not travelled and is thought to have picked up a knock.

At left-back, we are likely to see Oleksandr Zinchenko. Benjamin Mendy is recovering from injury and Angeliño is another option here.

At the base of midfield, the big money summer signing Rodri will make his debut for the club.

Fernandinho is not up to full speed and İlkay Gündoğan will be on the bench.

Further forward, Phil Foden started this fixture last season but will be back on the bench this time.

Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva will both start.

In attack, both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Agüero were at the Copa América, so are unavailable.

Leroy Sané and UEFA Nations League winner Bernardo Silva will start out-wide with Raheem Sterling through the middle.

Riyad Mahrez is on holiday after captaining Algeria to AFCON glory just three weeks ago.

Will this XI lead Manchester City to Community Shield glory once more?

Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Manchester City.

Predicted Manchester City team vs Liverpool

Two corrections: Mendy replaced by Zinchenko. Laporte is likely to be replaced by Otamendi. Unless Guardiola gets creative.

Predicted Manchester City team vs Liverpool

Predicted Manchester City team vs Liverpool.

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The latest tweets from Manchester City pre Liverpool

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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