Liverpool and Manchester City were the two standout sides in the English Premier League last season and the bookmakers anticipate that they will once again be battling it out for the title during the forthcoming campaign.
Prior to that, the team will size each other up through the Community Shield clash on August 4 and the game promises to be an entertaining contest despite many considering the clash as a glorified friendly ahead of every season.
There was little to choose between the sides during the previous campaign, with Pep Guardiola’s side winning the unprecedented domestic treble while Liverpool, who finished a point behind them in the league standings, went on to lift the Champions League crown.
The two clubs have had some excellent meetings over the past few years and we should anticipate a few goals being scored in the Shield, even if Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are prepared to experiment with their teams ahead of the new Premier League season.
Meanwhile, some of the South American and African stars could be afforded a rest following their exploits at the Copa America and African Cup of Nations this summer, and the likes of Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino could be among the players missing out.
With the Community Shield, there remains a potential risk when it comes to determining the goalscorer, considering the teams are permitted to make as many as six substitutes and that may change the complexion of the game.
Therefore, it seems viable to bet on the potential goals scored for the encounter and we are backing more than 2.5 Goals as both teams like to play on the front foot. Manchester City and Liverpool scored 95 and 89 goals respectively in the Premier League last term and we are predicting an open game.
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.91 with bet365