Guardiola takes on Klopp in the curtain raiser!
<div><h2>Man City vs Liverpool</h2><p><strong>Sunday, August 8, at Wembley</strong></p><p>The two best teams from the 2018/19 season will get the new campaign underway in an eagerly anticipated Community Shield clash on Sunday. Man City needed to embark on an astonishing 14-game winning streak to finish a point ahead of Liverpool in the most gripping title battle imaginable last term. They are expected to engage in another two-horsed race this time around, and it will therefore be interesting to see how this clash unfolds. Whoever triumphs could enjoy a significant psychological boost over their main rival during the early weeks of the season, while a trophy is up for grabs, so there is plenty at stake in this game.</p><p>Man City have been in fine form during pre-season, swatting aside West Ham, Kitchee and Yokohama during a tour of Asia. The same cannot be said for the Reds. Jurgen Klopp’s men have faced far more daunting opponents, but they have not exactly coated themselves in glory this summer. They suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, lost 2-1 to 10-man Sevilla at Fenway Park, scraped a 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon and then lost 3-0 to Napoli in Edinburgh on Sunday.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Liverpool will be without their star attacking triumvirate of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah. They played a lot of games last season, and they have been busy throughout the summer too. Roberto Firmino won Copa America with Brazil and Mané went all the way to the Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal. Salah’s Egypt crashed out in the last 16, but he has not featured in any pre-season games either. Jurgen Klopp's men should be strong at the back and robust in the middle of the park, but they may lack cutting edge as they place their faith in Divock Origi, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.</p><p>Liverpool have had an inactive transfer window, whereas Man City broke their transfer record to bring in Rodri from Atletico Madrid. He could well find himself anchoring the midfield in this game alongside Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. Pep Guardiola has deployed Raheem Sterling up front during pre-season, while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus recover from their Copa America exploits. Leroy Sané and Bernardo Silva will provide pace and invention on the flanks, provided Sané does not move to Bayern Munich.</p><p>Vincent Kompany has now retired and it will be interesting to see who replaces him as captain, while Aymeric Laporte and John Stones could form the new defensive pairing for City. They should go on and win this game, as they have more of their key players fit and their pre-season form has been strong. The odds are dipping all the time on a Man City victory, but you can still find attractive prices.</p><p><strong>Top Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365"><em>Man City to win at 19/20 (1.95) with Bet365</em></a></strong></p></div>