Erling Haaland has arrived at the Etihad Stadium to a big fanfare and this will be the first opportunity for many punters to watch the Norwegian in action. He’s likely to feature in this Community Shield clash as the former Borussia Dortmund player looks to hit the ground running for the champions of England.

Manchester City are marginal favourites to win this traditional curtain-raiser, with Pep Guardiola’s side returning to Wembley after missing out on the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals last season, both of which Liverpool won.

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus have both departed the club over the summer, with Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish likely to occupy the wide positions. We also know the class that Kevin de Bruyne provides as an attacking midfielder.

However, Liverpool are going to be motivated to put in a strong performance and it will be interesting to see whether Nunez features as the central striker given the fact that Diogo Jota is likely to be missing in action. Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz operated effectively from the wide positions in the cup finals and should be in tandem once again.

Team news is clearly going to play a part here and it might be that neither manager is prepared to risk anyone too meaningfully for ninety minutes, with the match decided on penalties if the scoreline is level at full-time.


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