Even though it feels like the Premier League has just come to a close, which it has, the FA Community Shield is taking place a few weeks later than normal. The Champions League just finished last weekend which seen German Giants Bayern Munich lift the trophy. The Community Shield is usually the opener for the season, letting fans see what the Premier League and FA Cup Champions might offer this year.
Even though this game is taking place a few weeks later than normal it will give us a look at some of the new signings these teams have made. Arsenal will be likely to display their signing from Saint-Etienne William Saliba. The 19-year-old Frenchman may be able to lock up a starting position at center-back with the way Arsenals defense suffered last season. It will be the first time we see Willian play in an Arsenal Jersey after his free transfer from Chelsea.
Liverpool has been linked with a number of players in the transfer market such as Thiago and more recently Lionel Messi. Although Messi is linked with everyone only a handful of clubs could afford to pay his wage demands. However, they did sign Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos. The left-back is likely going to be a squad player and may see some minutes during cup games and fixture congestion.
Arsenal vs Liverpool, Saturday 29th August, 10.30 a.m.
This is successive years for Jurgen Klopp’s side to feature in the Community Shield. After a long and successful campaign, Liverpool traveled to Austria for a pre-season training camp. Liverpool will be preparing to go back for another Premier League title. Although, with Man City and Chelsea being aggressive in the transfer market.
Looking to put their stamp on the start of the league this will not be taken as a friendly by Liverpool. Arsenal on the other hand had a very mediocre season. They finished mid table in the Premier League to the disappointment of their fans. Mikel Arteta is starting his first season as Arsenal manager. After taking over halfway through last season all eyes will be on the Spaniard to put his stamp on the Arsenal squad.
Even though the London side is still very much a work in progress they have firepower upfront with Lacazette and Aubameyang. Over a full season, Liverpool will outperform Arsenal but in one game anything can happen. Arsenal is (+400) to win against Liverpool. Even as underdogs Aubameyang is decent value to score first at (+400) and (+130) to score anytime.
Salah is favorite for the first goal at (+300) and Mane is the second favorite at (+320) to score the first goal. Liverpool is much better defensively with two great full-backs in Trent and Robertson. While Van Dijk is their rock at the back and has his name in the hat for the best center-back in the world. Their ability at the back makes them a much better side than Arsenal as things stand. A safer bet for this game is Liverpool to win at (-150) here at Canplay.