FA Community Shield preview: Chelsea vs. Man City

This Sunday’s FA Community Shield marks the start of the 2018/19 English football league season. Last season’s FA cup winners Chelsea will make another trip to Wembley where they face last season’s Premier league champions, Man City.

Best Free Bet Scout looks ahead to the match providing free betting tips for those punters looking to win big on this year’s FA Community Shield.

Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea face Man City in the FA Community Shield on Sunday

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea face Man City in the FA Community Shield on Sunday


FA Community Shield

Date: Sunday 5 August 2018

Kick-off time: 3pm (BST)

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Watch live on TV: BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD


Man City to win 3-1: William Hill 14/1

Maurizio Sarri will be under pressure to get off to a good start after a long drawn out appointment process. He’s known all over Europe for his quick-passing style of play, where his defenders and keeper often play out from the back and break at speed in numbers.

Expect an end-to-end game on Sunday with both teams launching rapid counter-attacks. Chelsea however, are still to find that clinical goal-scorer up front so they may struggle to claw back the game if they go behind early on.

What time does the FA Community Shield kick off?

3pm BST.

What TV channel is the Community Shield on?

BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD,

BT sport have bagged the rights to this one again. Gary Lineker will be joined by his compatriots and will be talking you through the team news and providing us their usual in-depth analysis of how the game is going.

Who is favourite to win the Community Shield?

The bookies have Man City down as favourites to win with William Hill giving odds of only 21/20.

We at Best Free Bet Scout would have to agree with the bookies on this one. Even though all the pressure will be on Man City to continue their fine form from last season, Chelsea will be eager to put their new Sarriball playing style to the test. This will likely open up spaces behind the fullbacks for City’s wingers to exploit.

Community Shield main man: Leroy Sane

We think Leroy Sane could really exploit the space Sarri’s fullbacks often leave in behind. He’ll be fresh from a full summer off and well prepared after a full pre-season schedule. This is why he’s our one-to-watch this Sunday.

Sane’s blistering pace and tight control of the ball could see him feature heavily in this game. He’s known for taking on the full-backs, getting to the by-line and creating chances. With Chelsea’s wingbacks not known for their intelligent positioning and defensive solidity, Sane could well get a lot of chances on goal on Sunday.

Leroy Sane to score first: William Hill 11/2

Community Shield best bet

With the open play Man City like to play, on top of the open style Sarri’s new Chelsea will play, Best Free Bet Scout is going all out on a high scoring game on Sunday.

Both teams like to push their fullbacks up to support the strikers on the overlap, and are both quick on the counter attack. There’s certainly potential for both teams to score in the Community Shield final on Sunday which is why our ‘best bet’ for this fixture is over 4.5 goals in the match.

Total match goals over 4.5: William Hill 4/1

Community Shield best correct score bet

It remains to be seen if Chelsea’s unsteady midfield core can put Sarri’s plans to action after such a short pre-season. This city squad have remained relatively unchanged and will no doubt be better prepared for Sunday’s season starter.

It’s an exciting prospect and we can’t wait to see if Sarri can take this Chelsea to a level of attacking play their fans have been craving for so long.

It could well be too soon for Chelsea to make up ground on their Premier League rivals, so expect a tough ride for them up against a confident and flowing Man City. William Hill’s 14/1 odds on Man City to win 3-1 is our pick for the correct score.

Man City to win 3-1: William Hill 14/1

*All odds correct at 23:00 Thursday 2 August 2018.