Leicester vs Man U, community shield preview:
On the 7th of august last years premier league winners Leicester will start of the first FA-event of the season in a clash versus Manchester United for the Community Sheild over at Wembley Stadium.
Manchester United has really been the team on everyone’s lips during this silly season; First they signed Mourinho who in turn have signed the super star Zlatan Ibrahimovic aswell as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly.
Several sources are also stating that there is a 105 million £ deal with Paul Pogba underway aswell. Now if Pogba also goes to United this would make them clear favourites to win the title, their squad wasn’t necessarily bad last season but they lacked a clear leader aswell as a playmaking icon. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic the reds will get both of those qualities and with Pogba demolishing the midfield he should be able to get the ball to Zlatan in the box who will have plenty of strong options to play to in Wayne Rooney, Martial and Depay.
Leicester on the other hand have had quite the opposite silly season where players are rumored away from the team. However it seems as if last seasons key players Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’golo Kante are all staying in the team. No deals are cemented yet for Leicester but sources say tgat they are looking at Ahmed Musa, Ragnar Sigurdsson and Mario Lemina. The Ahmed Musa deal seems to be the one which is most likely to happen, a deal that will provide some much needed breathing room for Vardy and Mharez.
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The first games of the season are always hard to predict as first of all we dont have enough data to analyze and the data that we do have isn’t 100% reliable as teams won’t play at their full level during off-season. However for this game there are a few things that gives us a clue about the outcome of the game:
- Both teams are heavily offensive teams; Vardy and Mharez were among the best scorers in the premier league last season. United will be mixing old legendary strikers in Rooney and Ibra with young talent such as Martial and Memphis depay. And if Mourinho could decide then they will be backed up by one of the world’s best midfielders (if not the best).
- Both Leicester and Manchester United are sure to be undervalued by the bookmakers at the start of this season as there are to many question marks that needs answering; “Can Leicester keep it up, especially now as they will have UEFA Champions league games mixed into their schedule”, “Will Mourinho and the new Man U squad mesh well?”.
What we can conclude from this is that all goal related picks should hold plenty of value, especially both teams to score. We can also conclude that a straight 1X2 pick might be risky for this game even if Man U will have a FAR STRONGER squad on paper but both Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are two people with a lot of character and that’s something that’s sure to impact the team in one way or another: Just take a look at how Mourinho acted out last year before he was let go from Chelsea and then consider how Zlatan Ibrahimovic carried PSG to a top tier european team with his leader mentality.
In conclusion the viking’s prediction for the FA community shield game between Leicester City and Manchester United is a victory for Manchester United. However the smart gambler will be looking at the goal picks and possibly a small unit play on United 2-1.
Leicester – Manchester United, 1-2 @ 8.50
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The vikings picks for this game:
Both teams to score, yes @ 1.80
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