Chelsea v Manchester City: Place Your Bets for Community Shield Curtain Raiser

Attention! Actual odds referenced are correct at time of publishing at 8:05 am August 2, 2018 and are subject to change.

It’s been just two short weeks since Russia 2018 came to a close but we are now just days away from the new Premier League season in England. For many, even a brief wait such as this seems too long but we know that the new campaign is upon us when the Community Shield arrives.

On Sunday, League Champions Manchester City take on Chelsea at Wembley Stadium and while this isn’t always the most competitive of matches, both teams will want some early silverware to start 2018/19 on a positive note.

It’s a busy day for the bookmakers too so let’s take a look at the markets and see if we can pick some winners.

Match Odds

The 90 minute result market shows odds against prices for all three possible outcomes but it’s Manchester City who start as favourites here at a best of 57/50 with MarathonBet. The same bookmaker also has the best numbers on the draw at 66/25 while victory for Chelsea is available at a top price of 14/5 with Unibet.

Those are the figures for the result in normal time but what about the To Lift the Trophy Market which could also include an extra period and possibly penalties? Here, Manchester City shorten and can be picked up at 59/100 with MarathonBet while Chelsea come in to best odds of 6/4 with 10Bet and SportPesa.

It can often be hard to predict first games of any new season and while there is a trophy at stake here, this match doesn’t quite have the competitive edge of an FA Cup or even an EFL Cup tie. We’ve seen some quiet Community Shield matches too and while Manchester City to take the trophy looks the most obvious bet of this game, the draw in 90 minutes is a likely outcome with two sides not wanting to give too much away after a long World Cup and ahead of a new campaign.

Individual Goal Scorers

Sergio Aguero

Manchester City players lead the way in the first goalscorer betting and it’s Sergio Aguero who starts as favourite at best odds of 9/2 with 10Bet and SportPesa. Teammate Gabriel Jesus follows at a top price of 5/1 with Unibet and 888Sport while Lukas Nmecha, a young City striker who is expected to be given a chance in this game, is on offer at a best of 6/1 with Unibet and 10Bet.

The first Chelsea name on this list is that of Alvaro Morata who can be backed at best odds of 7/1 with 10Bet and SportPesa. The Spaniard had a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge but can he get the 2018/19 campaign off to a positive start with the first goal at Wembley on Sunday?

Elsewhere, City’s Leroy Sane and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham are both available at the same top price of 8/1 with Unibet and 888Sport while City’s new signing Riyad Mahrez is slightly further back at a best of 9/1 – also with Unibet and 888Sport.

For goalscorer betting we tend to go for the anytime market and we feel that with Chelsea missing a few first choice players, Alvaro Morata will respond to the responsibility and score at least one goal to either persuade the club that he has a future at Stamford Bridge or, to attract new employers. Morata for a goal inside the first 90 minutes is our second tip at best odds of 9/4 with Unibet.

Other Side Bets

We aren’t expecting too many goals in this contest even though Manchester City in particular were prolific in attack last season. We’ve mentioned the reasons why and the heat could also be a factor in conserving energy ahead of more important battles to come.

Under 2.5 goals is the bet that we are considering here and it’s on offer at a top price of 28/25 with MarathonBet. Odds against numbers in that particular market are always worth a look but if you disagree with our thinking, you can bet above that line and get a best of 21/25 with MarathonBet once again.

Alternatively, Both Teams to Score is another option at a best of 5/7 with 10Bet and SportPesa and while we think this will land, we’re going to be braver at the start of a new season and take a correct score bet of 1-1 which is listed at 25/4 with SportingBet. There could be little to split the teams in this match and extra time plus possibly penalties may well be the most likely way of deciding a winner.

Best Bets:

  • The draw in 90 minutes at 66/25 with MarathonBet
  • Alvaro Morata to score at any time in 90 minutes at 9/4 with Unibet
  • Correct 90 minute score of 1-1 at 25/4 with SportingBet
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