Kick-off: 1500, 05/08/2018
TV: BT Sport
Chelsea have failed to win any of their last four Community Shield matches and that poor record looks set to be extended when they meet Manchester City at Wembley.
City prevailed 3-2 when the same teams battled it out for this trophy in 2012 and Pep Guardiola is the type of manager who enjoys picking up any silverware.
We’re snapping up Evens for the Premier League champions to win in normal time as our first Chelsea vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea earned another trip to the national stadium by edging out Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final but that triumph papered over the cracks of a disappointing campaign.
The Londoners could only manage fifth place in the league, languishing 30 points behind City after losing both head-to-head encounters 1-0.
It remains to be seen whether Antonio Conte’s summer exit will lead to long-term gains, but it could make being ready for this contest tough, especially in a World Cup year.
Preparations are far more likely to be geared towards the start of the Premier League and we feel Chelsea may be undercooked on this occasion.
These matches do tend to be more open, so the cup winners should have their moments going forward.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Guardiola’s hunger for all forms of success was evident in the way City pushed on to achieve 100 points last term, even though the title was wrapped up in mid-April.
That mentality makes it hard to imagine anything other than a strong side walking out at Wembley, ready to make yet another statement of intent.
Pre-season preparations have been hampered by so many players returning late from the World Cup but Guardiola at least already has a proven gameplan in place.
Despite taking a young squad to the International Champions Cup in America, City performed with credit, closing with a 3-2 triumph over Bayern Munich.
The high-pressing football played by City last season was on a new level and they were far more dominant than the scoreline suggested when a Bernardo Silva strike saw off Chelsea in early March.
Whether Guardiola can fire his troops up to produce the same kind of intensity week-in and week-out again remains to be seen, but this is a first chance to re-establish an aura of invincibility.
Let’s add 27/2 for a 3-1 victory to our Chelsea vs Man City betting tips.
CHELSEA 1-0 Man Utd – Eden Hazard (pen)
Southampton 0-1 MAN CITY – Gabriel Jesus
Head-to-head: Man City 1-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-1 Man City, Chelsea 2-1 Man City, Man City 1-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-3 Man City, Chelsea 5-1 Man City
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