2021 Community Shield Preview

2020-21 FA Cup champions, Leicester City meet last season’s Premier League title holders, Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in 2021 Community Shield.

Leicester are bidding for their second Community Shield title after having qualified as FA Cup champions, whereas Man City are looking for a seventh overall crown in this competition after qualifying as Premier League winners.

 

Team News

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Wesley Fofana is ruled out for Leicester after suffering a fibula fracture during Wednesday’s 3-2 friendly victory over Villarreal.

Timothy Castagne is a doubt after suffering a multiple eye fracture on international duty for Belgium during Euro 2020, which means that he is currently training away from the main senior squad until a protective mask is ready for him.

James Justin (knee) and Jonny Evans (foot) remain ruled out indefinitely.

Man City could be without Phil Foden after the midfielder suffered a foot injury which ruled him out of England’s eventual Euro 2020 Final heartbreak last month.

Liam Delap is also unlikely to feature due to an unspecified injury, whilst Pep Guardiola faces a selection headache due to players returning at various points in pre-season from international duty on top of a Coronavirus outbreak at the club.

Jack Grealish could make his City debut after signing from Aston Villa on Thursday (5 August) in a £100m deal.

 

Stat Attack

  • This is Leicester’s first meeting against Manchester City in the Community Shield.
  • Leicester have won and lost one of two previous Community Shield appearances (W1, L1), having won 1971 edition against Liverpool 1-0 before losing 2-1 in 2016 to Manchester United.
  • Man City have won on all five occasions in which they entered the Community Shield as league champions, (W5).
  • All three of Leicester’s Community Shield appearances have fallen on the same date of 7 August.
  • City have scored first in three of their last five Community Shield appearances.
  • This is the first time that Paul Tierney is refereeing a Community Shield.

 

Prediction

Having made solid investments this summer in Patson Daka, Boubakary Soumare and Ryan Bertrand, Leicester come into this match looking ready to take the game to City if they can deploy the same counter-attacking tactics which won them the FA Cup.

Central defence though looks to be their biggest concern which could make or break their performance with Evans and Fofana ruled out, which could mean that Filip Benkovic faces a tough test in what is set to be his third Leicester appearances as he partners the strong Calgar Soyuncu.

Man City meanwhile have a strong squad despite largely fielding young players mixed with few experienced players in pre-season, owing to the absence of key players due to international duty which has meant various return points with players needing time to adjust ahead of the new season.

On that note, we should see a strong City team irrespective of who is named on the team sheet given the depth in the squad, although this is a good chance for Pep Guardiola to see how Grealish fits into the team ahead of their league campaign.

Either way, this match promises to be one of interest because Leicester will be keen to get a trophy under their belt early for confidence sake, whereas City can consolidate their quality ahead of the season with a strong win but I am going for Leicester if Guardiola fields a youthful City team.

Prediction: Leicester City 1-0 Manchester City

Result: Leicester City 1-0 Manchester City

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