Community Shield: Liverpool and Manchester City Starting XI Predictions

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The Community Shield matches the previous season’s Premier League and FA Cup champions to raise the curtain on the season. However, with Manchester City winning both pieces of silverware (to go along with the League Cup, and thus accomplish a very historic domestic treble last season), the opponent will be the league runner-up and that’s Liverpool FC.

While the Community Shield is a glorified friendly to most, and doesn’t count all that much to some, it is still a trophy match. And it’s important to get off on the right foot and set a good tone for the campaign ahead.

For the team news, injury reports and manager press conferences ahead of this game go to this link.

With that in mind, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he’s concerned about his back line, and how they might perform against high powered, treble winning City in the Shield. Also, Liverpool’s preseason has been dreadful, for whatever that’s worth.

Not that it really means all that much.

That said, let’s take a look at who the two managers might select for their first teams; ahead of tomorrow when both bosses will give their respective pre-match news conferences.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction for the Community Shield

 Raheem Sterling     Sergio Aguero    Bernardo Silva

Kevin De Bruyne      Rodri   David Silva

Kyle Walker    John Stones    Nicolas Otamendi     Oleksandr Zinchenko

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction for the Community Shield

Divock Origi    Roberto Firmino    Mohamed Salah 

Georginio Wijnaldum     Naby Keita    Jordan Henderson

Trent Alexander-Arnold      Joel Matip      Virgil van Dijk    Andrew Robertson 

Simon Mignolet

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Community Shield Kickoff: Sunday, August 4, 2019 (8/4/19) at Wembley Stadium in London, England, at 10 a.m. EDT.

Community Shield Prediction: City 3, Liverpool 2

We’ll take the Sky Blues over the Reds because City has more of their key guys better integrated with the team, and closer to regular season form than Liverpool does.

Klopp’s side has seen a few players delayed in returning to the team/participating in training, due to international duty and injuries.

As always, feel free to post to your own Manchester City and/or Liverpool starting XI predictions, as well as your score predictions, in the comments section below.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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