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The traditional curtain-raiser for the new season takes place on Saturday, as reigning Premier League champions Manchester City face FA Cup holders Liverpool in the Community Shield.

Wembley has been the venue for the Community Shield for the past nine years, but that will change this weekend as the event has been switched to the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

City will be making their 14th appearance in the competition and they will be hoping for a better result than last year's 1-0 defeat to Leicester City, while it will be a 24th outing for Liverpool, as they aim to lift the trophy for the first time since 2006.

These two last met in the Community Shield in 2019, the Citizens winning via a penalty shootout, but which way will Saturday's encounter go as both teams aim to strike an early blow ahead of the new Premier League campaign?

What

Liverpool vs. Manchester City, Community Shield

Where

King Power Stadium, Leicester

When

17:00, Saturday 30th July

How to watch

ITV, ITV Hub and bet365 Sports Live Streaming

OddsLiverpool 1/1, Man City 3/4

Goals on the agenda

There is always the worry that neither side will be fully up to speed for this contest as the main focus is on the start of the league season, but you don't get that with these two teams and chalking up a victory early doors could provide a big mental advantage.

City and Liverpool fought for the title until the final day of the 2021/22 campaign, with Pep Guardiola's men producing a stunning second-half comeback against Aston Villa to claim the spoils, and another tight battle is expected between the pair again.

Previous meetings between the duo have been anything but dull, with the three contests last season (twice in Premier League and once in FA Cup) producing no less than 13 goals - that's an average of just over four per game.

Over 2.5 goals has landed in 12 of the last 15 meetings and it's 4/5 that that comes in again on Saturday, while both teams to score has only failed to happen in one of the previous nine contests and the 4/6 for this looks solid.

New signings to show up

City managed to acquire the services of Erling Haaland this summer from Borussia Dortmund and he is expected to take English football by storm, having scored 86 times in 89 appearances for BVB.

The Norway international was handed his debut for the Citizens in the recent friendly against Bayern Munich and it took him just 12 minutes to open his account, turning in from close range from a Jack Grealish cross.

Haaland already looks like he will be a great fit in this City side and he is 11/10 to find the back of the net anytime on Saturday, while he is 15/4 to open the scoring.

It is not just the blue side of Manchester who have managed to bolster their attacking options this summer, with Liverpool bringing in the talented Darwin Nunez from Benfica.

The Uruguayan forward has already made his mark for the Reds, scoring four in the 5-0 friendly victory over RB Leipzig and he will be eager to show he can fill the void left by Bayern-bound Sadio Mane.

Nunez scored 32 times in 57 appearances during his time at Benfica and he looks worth a shout in the any time scorer market at 11/5.

Brazilian could catch referee's eye

While officials tend to be more lenient in the Community Shield and not brandish cards so easily, that doesn't mean that that will be the case again on Saturday and Reds midfielder Fabinho could find himself in the book.

The 28-year-old is not afraid to put his foot in and he was booked seven times in the Premier League last season, the most for his club, while he has been shown a yellow in each of the past three meetings with City.

It would be no surprise to see him getting stuck in again as he looks to stamp his authority on the game, and the Brazilian is 10/3 to be booked.

As for the Citizens, full-back Joao Cancelo was also cautioned seven times in the league last season, leading the club's charts in this department, and it's 15/4 he is booked on Saturday.

The Portugal international will have the likes of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Nunez likely running at him at the King Power Stadium, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are also tough to defend against depending which flank the City defender starts on.

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