FA Community Shield Preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea

The traditional curtain-raiser to the English Premier League Season, the FA Community Shield comes up on Sunday with two of English football’s big-spending giants going head-to-head. The Community Shield is played between the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners but Sunday’s clash has got another twist to it with Chelsea being the reigning European champions too. Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea have a completely new look after their extravagant summer spending spree while Roberto Mancini has struggled to add players to his squad.

With London’s Wembley stadium still busy with Olympic football matches, the Villa Park has a chance in the spotlight this weekend.

Sunday’s closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics could threaten to overshadow this fixture but for football addicts who have waited for the start of the football season all summer, it means little that both events happen to be taking place this same day.

MANCHESTER CITY
Form Guide: WWLWW

30th Jul, 2012: Malaysian Super League All Stars 1-3 Man City

27th Jul, 2012: Arsenal 0-2 Man City

31st Jul, 2012: Oldham 2-1 Man City

4th Aug, 2012: Wolfsburg 0-2 Man City

5th Aug, 2012: Limerick 0-4 Man City

Manchester City have had a relatively good Pre-season training. They have played seven fixtures in all, winning the last five and look all set to defend their Premier League crown. Roberto Mancini’s men featured in last season’s Community Shield, losing 3-2 to Manchester United, they will of course be looking to right the wrongs this time around when they come up against Chelsea.

Roberto Mancini has tried many formations during City’s Pre-season matches without giving anything away regarding what his first-choice eleven would look like but the Italian has always been pragmatic with his tactics in the big matches and I expect his tested and trusted 4-2-3-1 formation to be applied on Sunday.

Manchester City will be without the services of David Silva and Mario Balotelli as they have been given extended leave after their involvement in the European Championships. Captain Vincent Kompany is unlikely to feature in this match as he’s down with a Calf injury so Kolo Toure will probably take his place. Gareth Barry is injured and so will sit this one out too. Micah Richards involvement with Great Britain at the Olympics rules him out of this fixture, therefore Pablo Zabaleta will start at right-back.

Possible Starting-XI: Hart; Zabaleta, K Toure, Lescott, Kolarov; Y Toure, De Jong; A Johnson, Tevez, Nasri; Aguero.

CHELSEA
Form Guide: WDLLL

19th Jul, 2012: Seattle Sounders 2-4 Chelsea

23rd Jul, 2012: Chelsea 1-1 PSG

26th Jul, 2012: MSL All Stars 3-2 Chelsea

29th Jul, 2012: Chelsea 0-1 AC Milan

4th Aug, 2012: Brighton 3-1 Chelsea

With Didier Drogba exiting the club at the end of last season and young talents in the mould of Hazard, Marin and Oscar drafted in, it’s now left to Roberto Di Matteo to point a direction for the club. The Italian won two trophies and a permanent deal at the end of last season after allowing his senior players take centre-stage; this time around, all eyes are on him to successfully help Chelsea get through this period of transition.

On the basis of Roberto Di Matteo’s many formations and tactics during Chelsea’s Pre-season matches, it seems more like their summer acquisitions have brought more questions than answers. The Italian will be hopeful of an improvement from their last three Pre-season defeats when they file out at Villa Park on Sunday.

With Chelsea going through a period of transition, winning the Community Shield against the Premier League holders will send a strong message to their rivals and would serve as a perfect start to a campaign that could see them win as many as six trophies.

Eden Hazard is expected to start for Chelsea on the left. Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu might sit this one out owing to their involvement with Spain at the London Olympics. Marko Marin will have to wait for his Chelsea debut as he’s not fit to play in this one. The Chelsea starting-eleven would probably be the same as the one that started against Brighton in their last Pre-season fixture. Fernando Torres needs to hit the ground up and running this season in order to improve his confidence and what better match to announce his re-birth

Possible Starting-XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Mikel; Ramires, Lampard, Meireles, Hazard; Torres.

FINAL ANALYSIS

All eyes will be on Chelsea’s new signings as they begin their English sojourn. City have form on their side and that is a big plus in a game of this nature where fitness is the main focus for the managers.

This match is certainly Manchester City’s to lose. The jury is still out on the Chelsea squad and how fast they can understand each other. Chelsea might be the reigning European Champions, but they go in as underdogs against the English champions, especially on the back of their discouraging pre-season form. Manchester City have a very settled squad, with Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure looking to pick up right where they stopped last season.

I don’t think Chelsea will get any luck in this one and I fully expect Manchester City to win their fourth Community Shield.

The last time Villa Park hosted the Community Shield final was back in 1972 and guess who won then? Manchester City!

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the winner will be decided on penalties. No extra time will be played.

Prediction: Manchester City 3 – 1 Chelsea

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And that’s it for the first article this new English football season. I’m so ecstatic… To think the 2012-13 English Premier League kicks-off in just over seven days… On the basis of last season’s exciting and captivating Premier League season, we’re definitely in for an even better campaign this time around.

Till next time, Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

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12 thoughts on “FA Community Shield Preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea

  1. i predict ManShitty 5 – 2 Chelshit

  2. 2012-2013 Community Shield
    Manchester City v Chelsea

    The Season’s curtain raiser used to be a friendly affair…no longer. This may not be unrelated to the fact that trophies are NOT easy to come by as dominant teams tend to monopolize the silverware haul in the course of the season so, it’s a case of whatever we have, we hold.

    Manchester City lost the last Community Shield game to city rivals Manchester United having led by 2 unreplied goals in the 1st half only for complacency and lack of fitness to cost them a 2-3 loss. City may be without Kompany. This is huge – as City don’t play well without their inspirational captain. They however have Lescott and the want away Kolo Toure who will not scare most premiership strikers: surely not Torres, Mata and Hazard.

    Chelsea (if the last couple of games are anything to go by) have learned how not to get beat. The core of the Champions League winning side are raring to go albeit with the possibility of being without captain John Terry who’s been charged and faces a lengthy ban. Di Matteo might want to give Cahill and David Luiz an early start to understanding each other for the long haul of the season till John Terry returns thereby casting concerns as to where exactly the captain will fit in.

    Tevez and Aguero will have to be quick in thought and pace to latch onto passes from Yaya Toure and David Silva if Mancini’s to reverse the result this time around as Chelsea look stronger…something I would not have said last season.

    Verdict:

    It’s difficult (for me) to see any other result than a Chelsea win here. Except of course, it goes into penalties after 90 minutes.

  3. I humbly take the opportunity of posting the first comment for the new season on this blog. Does it portend any good tidings for the Gunners? You bet! Kwakwakwakwakwakwa!!……….Well, footy buffs have had a good summer spiced up by the Euros and the Olympics, but hey, who ever said too much footy was enough? We can’t wait to get the season started and what better way than Man SHITTY Vs CheSHIT? Aptly tagged the battle of the sugar dees, l believe based on form the CS would remain in Manchester albeit, the blue half. I also like the part history may play in the form of Villa hosting. Let’s get the party started!!!

  4. Nice preview as always I think city will edge it.

  5. Cool Intro 2 d season…
    Jst like u said, it’s City’s game to lose.. I expect to see an exciting curtain raiser..
    Let d Excitement Begin!.. :D

  6. Man City are stronger, They will win

  7. Its definitely Man city’s matc
    h. RDM will need time to change to a more attacking formation that his current team need & he doesnt have Drogba to come up with a goal from no where.

  8. I agree with everyone that the match is city’s to lose,but let’s not write chelsea off that easily.

    I don’t think the olympics is going to take away the excitement from this match,the olympic football event has not been spectacular(my opinion) and everyone just wants the Epl to kick off.

    Another great preview. Keep them coming bro.

  9. Going to be a tough one buh I give it to city cos chelsea’s new players wil need enuf time to adapt to the epl.

  10. Ose, ur Analysis is jas on point!!!! I dont rili haf much to say.. Other than, its gonna b Manchester City’s Victory!! Buh if it goes into Penalties, then Chelsea will win it…..!

    My Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

  11. Nice one as always, I can’t believe the season is finally upon us. The community shield always remind sus that the EPL is set to begin. Up Everton and Arsenal!!!

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