Despite a stuttering start to the 2020/21 season, City strolled to the Premier League title last term, leaving second-placed Manchester United 12 points behind. It marked the Cityzens’ third Premier League title in four years, with both of their previous Community Shield appearances under Pep Guardiola resulting in success. City opened the scoring within 15 minutes of play in both Community Shield appearances under the Spanish manager, highlighting the potential for plenty of early action.
Ederson, John Stones, Raheem Sterling, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne, Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus may all skip the Community Shield showpiece after their extended international duties earlier in the summer. Preventing the Cityzens from finding the net will be another uphill task for Rodgers’ boys, considering they have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 13 competitive H2H duels.
The FA Community Shield is the customary curtain-raiser for league matches in England, pairing the most recent Premier League champions against the FA Cup holders. This year, Leicester City (FA Cup winners) will meet Manchester City (Premier League Winners) in a battle to win their first piece of the trophy before the new Premier League season.
Leicester suffered a massive injury blow on Wednesday when French centre-back Wesley Fofana sustained a fracture fibula in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal. After the game, Fofana wrote on Instagram: “Hello guys, many thanks for all your messages. It is a bad day today but I am in a tremendous club with a wonderful medical team. “I will give you news as soon as I have a final diagnosis but we already know that I have a fibula fracture. I will come soon and stronger: do not worry.”
Despite failing to win any of their first three pre-season friendlies, Leicester holds a player availability benefit over Manchester City. Brendan Rodgers’ whole team has returned to training, including crucial midfielder Youri Tielemans, and the majority of his men have been able to participate in those matches.