Community Shield: Arsenal v Liverpool betting preview, odds and winner prediction
Welcome to our betting preview of the 2020 English Community Shield between FA Cup winners Arsenal and Premier League champions Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.
The Community Shield (formerly Charity Shield) is of course the traditional curtain-raiser to the English soccer season, with the proceeds from this match going to various charities.
Of course, it is different this season in that it will be played in a mostly empty stadium and the 2019-2020 season finished less than a month ago.
The Community Shield is a competitive cup contest recognised by UEFA and the FA but does not carry the same weight as the rest of the silverware on offer.
Arsenal and Liverpool have a long history of success in this competition, with both teams winning the shield 15 times, behind only Manchester United (21 wins). The Gunners have won it three times in the past six years, while Liverpool have not won it since 2006.
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Liverpool lost the 2019 Commmunity Shield in a penalty shoot-out after the match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.
The last time Arsenal and Liverpool met in the Community Shield in 2002, the Gunners won 1-0 thanks to a Gilberto goal in the 69th minute.
Teams news for Arsenal-Liverpool Community Shield clash
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side have warmed up for the match with a camp in Austria and friendly matches against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg, while Mikel Arteta’s Gunners played a midweek match against League One team MK Dons, winning 4-1.
Arsenal team news
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno (knee) and centre-back William Saliba (foot) both got through the friendly win over MK Dons. But defenders Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Calum Chambers (knee) are all unavailable. Striker Gabriel Martinelli (knee) is at home in Brazil and is racing to get back into action by the end of the year.
Liverpool team news
Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk suffer a hit the face in a 2-2 draw in the lead-up against Salzburg but is expected to play. Not so Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee ) or captain Jordan Henderson (knee), with both racing to be fit for the start of the EPL. Centre-back Joel Matip (foot) will also not play.
Read on for our Arsenal v Liverpool tips and winner prediction for their Community Shield clash on Saturday, August 29 (local time).
Arsenal v Liverpool odds
Kick-off: 4.30pm BST
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Head to head odds: Arsenal $4.75, draw $4, Liverpool $1.67
Total goals: Over 3.5 goals: $2.40, Under 3.5 goals: $1.50
Arsenal v Liverpool free betting tips
Below our football writer has highlighted his free Arsenal v Liverpool betting tips.
Arsenal to win match/over 2.5 goals scored
We like the look of Arsenal to cause an upset even though Liverpool are hot favourites. To be successful with this bet Arsenal must win in 90 minutes with more than 2.5 goals scored in total between the teams. If you are feeling less adventurous make it 1.5-plus goals for a smaller payout.
Arsenal to score first and win match $5.50
Check out this option at Unibet if you are on the Arsenal bandwagon. The last time these two teams met, the Gunners inflicted a rare defeat on Liverpool in the EPL. The Gunners are also Wembley one-off specialists.
Arsenal v Liverpool prediction
Liverpool are deserved favourites for this match after romping through the 2019-2020 EPL seasons to land their long-awaited title after 30 years. But it should not be forgotten that this match has become more like an exhibition match in recent years, and it will be even more so this time with no fans allowed. Expect the intensity to be low. We have elected to go with the value and back Arsenal, given it’s hard to know what to expect from both teams.It’s a no-brainer really. We would not risk a substantial pars of our bankroll on Liverpool at odds-on not knowing how they will approach the match with such a short off-season break. So the value lies with Mikel Arteta’s team, who have a new hard edge since he took the reins. Our Arsenal v Liverpool prediction: Gunners to win 3-1 over Liverpool.
Arsenal v Liverpool lowdown
Britain: BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate; South Africa: DSTV’s SuperSport SS3, and SS10; Australia: beIN Sports via Foxtel or Kayo Sports; India: Sony Ten 2 SD & HD.
The match will kick off at 4.30pm local time.
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