Community Shield betting preview: Liverpool looking to out-gun Arsenal
The 2020/21 campaign is about to officially get underway as Premier League champions Liverpool take on FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield on Saturday.
Liverpool have been formidable over the part two seasons as they stormed their way to the league title last season – finishing 18 points ahead of Man City – just 12 months after winning the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp will therefore be hoping to pick up where they left off as he’ll want Liverpool to show the same fight and hunger they displayed throughout last season when they take on Arsenal at Wembley this weekend.
It was turbulent campaign for the Gunners last season as they struggled for consistency in the Premier League and ended up finishing eighth in the table – their worst league finish in 25 years.
However, Mikel Arteta managed to salvage something from the season after winning the FA Cup which booked their place in the Europa League so he’ll be hoping to make a statement of intent against the champions on Saturday.
Liverpool are currently the 8/13 favourites with the bookmakers to win the Community Shield this weekend while Arsenal can be backed at odds of 4/1 and the draw is on offer at 16/5.
If you fancy the Gunners it might be worth waiting to make your bet in-play if possible as the odds should lengthen towards kick off. However, if you play in real money casinos in USA then you’ll have to settle for the pre-match odds.
Liverpool will be confident of beating Arsenal and a 3-1 win looks good at odds of 10/1. Sadio Mane was in excellent form last season and he could be a solid bet to open the scoring on Saturday at odds of 10/3.
Liverpool have enjoyed a longer pre-season than Arsenal as their 2019/20 campaign ended sooner so they should be in better condition with the Merseysiders expected to be virtually at full strength on Saturday. Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip are likely to be the only absentees for Liverpool.
Arsenal on the other hand have only had a few days pre-season training to prepare for the game and several key players won’t be match fit while they’ll also be without injured quartet Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Shkodran Mustafi this weekend.
Therefore, I really can’t see past a Liverpool victory at Wembley and feel Klopp’s men will be too strong, so I’m predicting a 3-1 win for the Premier League champions.
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