The traditional curtain-raiser of the English football season takes place on Sunday, as English champions Leicester face FA Cup winners Manchester United in the Community Shield.
Leicester City v Manchester United
FA Community Shield
August 7th 2016
Live on BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD / BT Sport Ultra HD
Leicester’s Premier League title triumph last season has now become the stuff of legends. It was one of the most surprising title wins in the modern era of English football.
Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has been able to maintain the majority of his squad, with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez staying, despite heavy interest from Arsenal.
The Foxes have also managed to bring a number of new players in the likes of Ron-Robert Zieler, Nampalys Mendy and Ahmed Musa. The loss of French international midfielder N’Golo Kante to Chelsea was a big blow, though.
The Foxes are underdogs in this clash and head into it at odds of 18/5 at SkyBet, while star striker Jamie Vardy is odds of 13/2 to be the first goalscorer.
This summer has seen a big change of personnel at United, with Jose Mourinho arriving as the team’s boss. The Portuguese boss has signed Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and maybe most significantly Swedish veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Red Devils are expected to mount a challenge for the Premier League title in the new campaign, so a win in this clash would stand them in good stead heading into next weekend’s Premier League kick-off. The Red Devils are odds of 10/11 with Bet365.
For those who like watching the neighbours and enjoy sitting on the fence the draw is odds of 13/5 at Bet365.
Jose Mourinho has proven he means business with his signings at United so far and I believe the Red Devils will record a win in this one at odds of 10/11 with Bet365.