Football punters relieved as Chelsea face Man City in Community Shield as Premiership season imminent
- Updated: August 11, 2012
Manchester City and Chelsea meet in the Community Shield or Charity Shield as it was known, as Bet365 announce a new free bets offer for the season, and report plenty of money coming in for Roberto Di Matteo’s side who are long odds against.
Although this is not usually considered one of the most important matches of the season and is sometimes just another pre-season friendly to many, it is a chance for one of these side’s to get a psychological advantage in what looks to be a cracking Premier League campaign.
It is also a great chance for football fans to take a look at Chelsea two big summer signings, Marko Marin from Werder Bremen and exciting young midfielder Eden Hazard, who has arrived from Lille.
Man City will be looking to dominate English football for the next few years and a victory here would show they are still the team to beat in the Premiership, which kicks off next week.
The Citizens have not added to their squad that won the Premier League title last year and Roberto Mancini may put his faith in the men that delivered the silverware.
However, this could be a chance for him to see if he really needs to strengthen in any areas as this is the first competitive match of the season.
With Carlos Tevez set to stay and join up with Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero this year, if he can stay fit and happy for the entire season then he will be like a new signing.
As for Chelsea, they delivered both Champions League and FA Cup success back in May. That said though, fans at Stamford Bridge would not have been impressed with the sixth place finish in the league.
This encounter at Villa Park is an opportunity for the Blues to show that this year they mean business and will be genuine title contenders.
Plenty on eyes will be on new signing Eden Hazard who is being tipped by many to set the league alight. The Belgium international will want to show just what he is capable of and set the standard for the upcoming season.
Roberto Di Matteo faces a big test in charge of Chelsea, a victory here though would show that he has his team well organised and ready to contest in all competitions.