The first English football game of the new season to feature Premier League teams will be the annual Community Shield match between league winners Manchester City against FA Cup champions Chelsea FC. This year’s game will be taking place at Villa Park in Birmingham on Sun. Aug. 12. The game had to be moved from Wembley due to the winding down of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The last time the two teams played a competitive match, Chelsea won the Champions league in Germany when they beat Bayern Munich on penalties. Man City’s last game saw them win the league in dramatic style by scoring two late goals to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2 and to edge out Man United by goal difference. It was City’s first league championship in 44 years.
BetVictor offers some nice odds and special promos for this 2012 Community Shield game, to kickstart the new season (and a free bet for newcomers). Truly one of the best sportsbooks around, both for mobile and live betting. The current 1X2 odds stands at Chelsea for 3.25 (9/4), draw at 3.30 (23/10) and Man City for 2.40 (7/5).
Man City has been relatively quiet during the offseason while Chelsea has been one of the busiest teams when it comes to transfers and player movement. Chelsea has lost Jose Bosingwa, Didier Drogba, and Salomon Kalou while singing Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Marko Marin. Of course, the transfer window is open until the end of August, so the team could even make more moves by then.
City manager Roberto Mancini appeared to have his sights set on last year’s Golden Boot winner Robin Van Persie of Arsenal, who scored 30 league goals. However, it looks like he’s given up on that idea since he already has several striking options and hasn’t been able to sell any of his players Van Persie became a target when he announced that he wouldn’t be staying at Arsenal after the upcoming season.
City has won four out of six pre-season games while Chelsea has lost their last three. These include a 3-2 loss to the MLS All Stars and a 3-1 decision against Brighton. Both teams will be treating this as a competitive game and will want to make sure they get their seasons off to a good and hopefully winning start.
City doesn’t really need to tinker with their roster and it may be a mistake if Mancini attempts to make changes. Chelsea’s players could take a few weeks to get used to each other, but they better do it soon if they hope to improve on last year’s sixth-place finish. Hopefully we’ll see the City strikers fighting for a job while Chelsea’s striker Fernando Torres tries to prove he should be the main man this year.
Chelsea has scored just three goals in their last three pre-season games and they’ll need to create some quality chances and convert them to beat City. This could be hard if City goalkeeper Joe Hart is on his game. This could turn out to be a pretty entertaining game, but City will likely win it by a goal to extend Chelsea’s losing streak.
Another good sportsbook, William Hill, has the latest match odds at for a Manchester City win 13/10 and 9/5 for a Chelsea victory with for 21/10 for a draw.