One of football’s great traditions is the FA Community Shield, which is a match between the winners of the English Premier League and the FA Cup. The match will take place at famed Wembley Stadium. Manchester City was the dominant winner of the Premier League for 2017-18 and has emerged as one of the top teams in the world.
Meanwhile Chelsea is a long and well-known member of the Premier League that was the winner of the 2017-18 FA Cup. As both clubs are standards of excellence in the Premier League it stands to figure this match will draw a considerable amount of betting activity.
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2018 FA Community Shield Manchester City vs. Chelsea
Date and Time: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 10 a.m. ET
Location: Wembley Stadium, London, England
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Wembley Stadium is a new version of the original Wembley that was demolished between 2002-2003. It is the host of major football matches, the England national football team, and the FA Cup Final. Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League uses Wembley as a temporary home while their new stadium is being constructed. Wembley is the second largest stadium in Europe and the biggest in the United Kingdom. The seating capacity for the stadium is 90,000. Some of the biggest soccer matches in the world regularly take place at Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea Championship Pedigree
Since the reformation of the Premier League in 1992 few teams have been as successful or achieved greater notoriety than Chelsea. The Blues have won five Premier League titles since that time. Before owner Roman Abramovich took over in 2003 Chelsea was a wallowing mediocrity. But since that time the Russian billionaire has fundamentally transformed the franchise into a consistent championship contender. Chelsea has also won the UEFA Champions League and Europa League in the past six years.
Manchester No Longer Just a United City
The current Premier League champions won their most recent title with ease and were the clearly dominant club. The squad has won three of the last seven Premier League titles. This recent success was a long time coming for Man City as they previously had their best era between 1967-70 and followed that up with a drifting era of losing and anonymity. Manchester City now is a respected powerhouse of the Premier League and one of the most popular teams on the board for punters everywhere.
What to Watch, Know and Expect from Chelsea
Chelsea has recently competed in the International Champions Cup and played to 1-1 draws there against Internazionale and Arsenal. The Blues ended up defeating Internazionale in penalty kicks 5-4 while losing to Premier League rival Arsenal on penalties 6-5.
Chelsea is one of the most balanced and fundamentally sound teams that can be found in any top tier league. The Blues are famed for their devastating ability on the counter-attack and scored the second highest amount of goals in the English Premier League last season.
What to Watch, Know and Expect from Manchester City
Manchester City has rocketed to the top of the Premier League as one of the top possession teams in all of football. As a matter of fact, they held a staggering possession average of 66% in the most recently completed EPL season. Man City has the full belief that good ball possession is good defense and their championship record has borne that out.
Manchester City vs. Chelsea Free Picks
Top midfielder Kevin De Bruyne continues to be on holiday for Manchester City, who dropped two of out of three International Champions Cup matches and was sloppy in doing so. Chelsea rates the call here.
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Manchester City vs. Chelsea Score Prediction: Chelsea 2, Manchester City 1
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