Manchester United hold all the cards over Leicester when it comes to Community Shield experience, with a record 16 outright victories in the seasonal curtain-raiser, but the wily old Foxes aren’t quite the novices they might seem.
With ten triumphs in the Premier League era, and Community Shield-winning veterans such as Wayne Rooney, David de Gea and Michael Carrick in line to face the Premier League champions, it’s not hard to see why bwin think Jose Mourinho’s United reign will get off to a flyer as 4/5 favourites.
Claudio Ranieri’s men won’t mind being classed underdogs once again at 10/3, having defied all the odds last season when sweeping to the most unlikely title, and lessons from history suggest they could be in with a real shout at Wembley.
Despite never winning either the league or FA Cup prior to last term, Leicester have featured at this stage once before, back when it was called the Charity Shield in 1971.
Arsenal had won the double the previous season, but couldn’t make it to the match due to a pre-arranged friendly, leaving FA Cup final runners-up Liverpool to play the Division Two winners, who happened to be the Foxes.
With the champions generally hosting, the odd decision was taken to play the match at Leicester’s old Filbert Street ground, in front of supporters on a high from promotion back to the top flight.
England right-back Steve Whitworth scored the only goal of the game for Leicester after 15 minutes, tapping in at the near post after some good work on the wing.
You can have 200/1 with bwin about Danny Simpson, the champions’ assumed first-choice right-back, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win against his old side, or 33/1 on the 29-year-old simply bagging the opener.
Leicester to win 1-0 is 21/2, with Ranieri’s men being ahead at half time and full time 13/2.