Jockeying for position alongside ‘it’s a game of two halves’ at the summit of the Football cliché league standings is the sound bite you’re guaranteed to hear more than once during the Community Shield broadcast, dubbing it the ‘curtain-raiser to the Premier League season’.
This billing seems to serve the sole purpose of generating reasons to tune into what is, essentially, a glorified friendly.
But if you’re the kind of football fan who likes goal-filled games and relentless action, this precursory gubbins isn’t required at all; the Community Shield is a great watch.
The ball being retrieved from both nets is a sight spectators will be become well acquainted with.
In the previous eight instalments that have pitted two of the six biggest guns in the English game against one another there have been at least three goals in all bar one.
The latter four especially have been games for the gluttons’ to savour, with at least four plundered in each.
Manchester City have played in two of these and the pair ended with identical 3-2 scorelines so back the net to bulge more than 3.5 times at 17/10.
Arsenal’s most recent meetings with the Citizens add further substance to any argument forecasting a goal cyclone.
The scoreboard operator was pressed into action on 11 instances in total from their two tussles last time around, a 6-3 slobberknocker at the Etihad providing the bulk of the strikes.
A punt on both teams to put a representative on the score sheet is nailed on at 11/20.
In the four renewals that preceded last season’s clash between Manchester United and Wigan, late drama was also a staple.
There were five goals plundered between the 80th-minute and the final whistle in these collisions, deeming the 87/100 about a goal being scored in the closing 15 minutes well worth backing.