Chelsea and Manchester City will go up against each other on Sunday in Wembley with the community shield at stake. City were crowned Premier League Champions after an impressive League campaign that saw them finish 19 points clear of second-placed Manchester United. Chelsea, on the other hand, had a very underwhelming Season filled with controversy and below average performances. Despite all the negativity surrounding the Blues, they managed to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final courtesy Eden Hazard’s solitary Goal from the spot.
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The Community Shield is considered by many as the last Pre-Season friendly and considering teams are allowed six substitutes apiece it even feels like one. So let’s have a look at some team news.
Chelsea: Chelsea’s key players, Eden Hazard, Willian, N’Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois are supposed to return to training on the eve of the game and are obviously not in contention for a starting spot. All four players have been linked with a move away from the Stamford Bridge but as of now, Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ exit seems most likely. According to the Sun, Cesc Fabregas is ruled out with a knee injury that leaves Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater in contention to start with Jorginho in Sarri’s 3-man Midfield.
Predicted XI: Bulka, Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Barkley, Bakayoko, Hudson-Odoi, Morata, Pedro
Manchester City: Riyad Mahrez has recovered from an ankle injury he sustained against Bayern Munich and is in contention to start. Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne haven’t returned to training and the rest of City’s World Cup contingent that made it to the Semi-Finals have returned to training but may not start the game. Benjamin Mendy didn’t play a huge role in France’s World Cup win and is reported to make his first start for Man City since September 2017.
Predicted XI: Bravo, Mendy, Laporte, Otamendi, Humphreys, Fernandinho, David Silva, Foden, Sane, Aguero, Mahrez
Check out the Combined XI – Manchester City VS Chelsea Combined XI
Last 3 Fixtures and odds (BT Sport)
Chelsea: W | W | L
Manchester City: L | L | W
Chelsea – 45/17
Draw – 51/19
Manchester City – 8/7