The traditional curtain raiser to the Premier League season kicks off at 15.00 this coming Sunday as league champions Manchester City and FA Cup holders Arsenal face off live on BT Sport in the Community Shield and we have some free football betting tips.
In what is essentially a friendly game but with a trophy and early season bragging rights at stake the Community Shield is a hard match to call because, you have to factor in how seriously each side will take the match. With this in mind Manchester City are favourites to win at 6/5 with Ladbrokes. The draw is available at 5/2 with bet365 and the Arsenal victory is at 23/10 with the same provider.
Straight away you have got to like Manchester City's odds of 6/5. Last season any domestic game in which you could get the Manchester City at those odds was a great bet and nothing has changed, particularly in this game. Arsenal are a good side but when you look at the players they will be missing for this game I fear for them.
Germany's World Cup triumph means that Arsenal's German trio of Per Mertesacker, Mezut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are still on preseason break. Now the absences of Podolski and Ozil may not be fatal. Arsenal have plenty of attacking talent but centre back Mertesacker is a player for whom the Gunners will struggle without. Especially since the only centre back cover Thomas Vermaelen is battling for fitness and is likely to leave the club also.
Manchester City's only absentee is Alvaro Negredo who has a broken foot but City shouldn't miss him too much. The likes of Toure, Silva and Aguero should find plenty of weaknesses to expose in Arsenal's back line. Overall, Manchester City to win at 6/5 looks like a great bet.
If you want a bit more risk for better reward though Manchester City to win and both teams to score is available at 3/1 with Coral. With the attacking talent at Arsenal's disposal they don't often fail to score and I'd back them to at least grab one goal.
Aside from betting on the result it is also worth having a look at the goalscorer markets. Aaron Ramsey bagged 10 league goals last season before his season was cut short by injury. That meant the midfielder averaged just under a goal every other game in the league. There is every reason to think that Ramsey will pick up where he left off last season. The Welshman is available to score anytime at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.
Manchester City v Arsenal Top Betting Tips
Manchester City to win – Bet Here at 6/5 with Ladbrokes
Manchester City to win and both teams to score – Bet Here at 3/1 with Coral
Aaron Ramsey to Score Anytime – Bet Here at 4/1 with Ladbrokes
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