Odds on Manchester City to beat Liverpool – 2019-08-0130th July 2019 / lee
The 2019 Community Shield will kick off at 3 pm on Saturday, August 3rd. It will feature the top two from last season’s Premier League. Title winners Manchester City will be squaring up against Liverpool in this curtain-raiser to the new domestic top-flight. The Citizens won the domestic treble last season, so because of their FA Cup win, it means that the league runners up Liverpool take part in this Wembley showcase. The odds on Manchester City to beat Liverpool are at even money* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 29th, 2019 at 8:07 a.m.)
Manchester City v Liverpool Odds*
Man City 11/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 29th, 2019 at 8:07 a.m.)
Can the Citizens double up?
Manchester City won the Community Shield twelve months ago. They beat Chelsea 2-0 to achieve that and it was the second cup title that Pep Guardiola won with the club. The success at Wembley last season by the Citizens saw them collect their fifth Community Shield title. The odds on Man City to beat Liverpool to get another one are at even money* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 29th, 2019 at 8:07 a.m.).
Pre-season joys for City
Manchester City were travelling Asia for their pre-season workouts and without really ever breaking a sweat or being at their strongest had a pretty tour. It will probably have been nice for them to have been away from the spotlight for a bit. It was such a stunning season for them last season, winning the league, the League Cup and the FA Cup. Their one disappointment was in the Champions League.
In reeling in Liverpool in that epic Premier League title race, City won their final fourteen games of the league season. It was a phenomenal output in a race in which they had no margin for errors. Manchester City successfully defended their title in the EPL by a single point as they were pushed all the way. Will they hit the ground running and take the Community Shield?
City’s test of character
When they met Liverpool in the league in early January it was a pivotal moment in the campaign. They were already well behind the Reds at that point and anything but a win would have likely left the Citizens with too big of a mountain to climb. However, the character of City showed through as they banked themselves three points. When they needed to come good, they did.
Things are pretty much the same for them this season in terms of the squad. One addition has been Rodri who is, more likely than not, going to take over at the base of the midfield. They don’t look as if they are going to make too many more additions to the squad. There’s really not much that they can do to improve. They are waiting to see if winger Leroy Sane heads off to Bayern and City could need a replacement there.
The Reds have not had a good summer in pre-season. Because of big intentional duties involving their front line, they haven’t had time to get things together. Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino have absent from the large part of Liverpool’s pre-season training and preparations. What kind of impact will that have? Liverpool’s resources without them, look limited.
On Sunday the Reds lost 3-0 in a friendly against Napoli and looked well below their best. It was at the end of the day, only a pre-season friendly but the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp won’t be a happy man after seeing what he did. There was no pressing, defensive frailties and a lack of punch going forward. It was Liverpool’s third defeat in a run of four friendlies (D1). They will get stronger naturally at full strength, but will it all come back together for them in time for this?
Manchester City are even money to collect the victory at Wembley on the weekend* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 29th, 2019 at 8:07 a.m.). It’s not likely that Liverpool are going to be a total walkover as they have been in their pre-season friendly efforts. Their power front three are likely to get some game time for them. But City, despite winning only one of their last five against the Reds, could enjoy a fine day out at Wembley. Their pre-season has been smooth and they boast better quality in depth than the Reds do.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!