Arsenal can win their second piece of silverware at Wembley Stadium in August as they take on Liverpool in The Community Shield. Matthew Hill tips this early season match for silverware, having landed three tips in his last two prediction posts.
Who is playing?
Arsenal vs Liverpool
What competition are Arsenal and Liverpool playing in?
The FA Community Shield
What time is kick off between Arsenal and Liverpool in the Community Shield?
16:30 BST on Saturday 29th August 2020
Which stadium is hosting Arsenal vs Liverpool in the Community Shield?
Wembley Stadium, London, UK
What channel is the Community Shield on?
BT Sport 1
Community Shield Arsenal vs Liverpool Summary
FA Cup winners, Arsenal take on the Premier League Champions, Liverpool in the Community Shield. Manchester City won last season’s Community Shield after beating Liverpool but failed to qualify for this season’s Community Shield.
Arsenal could win two pieces of silverware in the space of four weeks after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup Final on 1st August. Liverpool hasn’t played a competitive game since their final 2019/20 league game at Newcastle on 26th July.
Arsenal Team News and Form
Arsenal last competitive game came on the 1st August at Wembley Stadium against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. Chelsea took an early lead after Christian Pulisic finished smartly from Olivier Giroud`s back-heel before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got bought down by Cesar Azpilicueta. Aubameyang converted the resulting spot-kick, and the teams headed into the interval level. Aubameyang notched his second after a fine chipped finish over Willy Caballero.
Arsenal held on to win the FA Cup for a record-extending 14th time, but defensive frailties and a lack of creativity led to a disappointing eighth-place finish in the league, the club’s lowest for a quarter of a century.
Arsenal began their pre season at Stadium MK on Tuesday 25th August against League One side MK Dons. With just four minutes on the clock, MK Dons goalkeeper Lee Nicholls scuffed his clearance and Mo Elneny reacted quickest to fire the ball into the top corner from 35 yards. Not long after Arsenal doubled their advantage as a flowing move saw Cedric Soares find Bukayo Saka, who cut the ball back for Eddie Nketiah to fire in.
The hosts pulled one back as they curled a ball in from the right and Rob Holding directed the ball past Bernd Leno and into his own goal. Mikel Arteta made six changes at the break as he sought to get minutes into the legs of the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock. Nketiah had a goal disallowed before being replaced Arteta made five more changes for the last half hour, and Mark McGuinness extended our lead with a fine header.
Nelson then added a fourth from the spot after winning a penalty, and that wrapped up the scoring on an encouraging evening for Arteta’s side. First-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno and new centre-back William Saliba were part of a strong starting eleven against MK Dons, with the pair having now fully recovered from knee and foot injuries, respectively. However, Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Calum Chambers (knee) all remain sidelined. Striker Gabriel Martinelli – currently in his native Brazil – is aiming to return from his knee injury by the end of the calendar year.
Liverpool Team News and Form
Liverpool’s last competitive game was just over a month ago when they played their final Premier League game of the season away to Newcastle. However, Liverpool have played two pre season friendlies as part of a training camp in Austria. Liverpool recorded a 3-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart in their opening pre-season friendly on Saturday 22nd August. Roberto Firmino’s tap in gave Liverpool the lead against the Bundesliga club with 15 minutes on the clock in Salzburg.
Firmino then claimed an assist for the second as he flicked a Mohamed Salah pass into Naby Keita, who prodded past Gregor Kobel. Rhian Brewster rifled in another midway through the second half as Liverpool sealed a comprehensive win in a good workout. Then in the second game on Tuesday 25th August, Rhian Brewster netted a late brace as Liverpool came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Red Bull Salzburg.
The hosts took the lead inside three minutes when Fabinho conceded possession just outside his own area, allowing Patson Daka to stride through and finish beyond Alisson Becker. Salzburg netted a second goal moments later. However, Brewster – on as a substitute just after the hour – reduced the arrears when he thumped in from James Milner’s lay-off on 71 minutes before equalising soon after with a measured finish from outside the area to complete a comeback and secure a draw.
Jurgen Klopp received a scare after Virgil van Dijk sustained a blow to the face during Tuesday’s 2-2 draw against Salzburg. However, the dominant Dutch defender expects to be fit to start at Wembley. Injury forced him off in the 55th minute, but Klopp confirmed post-match that they do not expect Van Dijk to suffer any lasting effects.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not face his former club because of a knee problem, while captain Jordan Henderson is expected to return to training after Saturday’s game as he looks to be ready for the first Premier League fixture of 2020/21 against newly promoted Leeds United on September 12. Centre-back Joel Matip is still recovering from a foot injury but Trent Alexander-Arnold should play some part after missing the Austria trip with a slight problem.
Head to Head
Arsenal Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- MK Dons (A) 4-1 Friendly win
- Chelsea (N) 2-1 FA Cup Final win
- Watford (H) 3-2 Premier League win
- Aston Villa (A) 1-0 Premier League defeat
- Manchester City (N) 2-0 FA Cup Semi Final win
Liverpool Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Red Bull Salzburg (A) 2-2 Friendly draw
- Stuttgart (N) 3-0 Friendly win
- Newcastle (A) 3-1 Premier League win
- Chelsea (H) 5-3 Premier League win
- Arsenal (A) 2-1 Premier League defeat
Arsenal Top Goalscorers
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (22 Premier League goals, 29 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – Aubameyang made 35 starts in the Premier League and 41 starts in all competitions last season. He ended the 2019/20 Premier League season just one behind Jamie Vardy, the winner of the Golden Boot, and tied with Danny Ings for second place.
- Alexandre Lacazette (10 Premier League goals, 12 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – Lacazette made 22 starts and eight appearances off the bench in the league last season and started 30 games in all competitions. Lacazette is just two goals away from his 50th Arsenal goal.
Liverpool Top Goalscorers
- Mohamed Salah (19 Premier League goals, 23 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – Salah made 45 starts in all competitions last season. He became the first Liverpool player to score 20 goals in all competitions in three consecutive seasons since Michael Owen between 2000–01 and 2002–03. Salah is just six goals away from his 100th Liverpool goal.
- Sadio Mane (18 Premier League goals, 22 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – Mane started 31 Premier League games and 41 games in all competitions.
Rhian Brewster has scored three goals in two games in pre season so far. He has been linked with a loan move to Sheffield United.
- Liverpool have 10 outright wins and 5 shared titles in the Community Shield. Arsenal have 14 outright wins and one shared title in the Community Shield. Manchester United have the most wins in The Community Shield with 17 outright wins and four shared titles.
- Arsenal and Liverpool have met 229 times across all competitions over the years, with Liverpool boasting 10 more wins, 89 to 79. There have been 61 draws.
- In the Premier League last season, both sides won at home including Arsenal’s 2-1 win last month. They also met in the EFL Cup fourth round in October with Liverpool winning on penalties following a thrilling 5-5 draw.
|15th July 2020||ARS 2-1 LIV||Premier League|
|30th October 2019||LIV 5-5 ARS||League Cup|
|24th August 2019||LIV 3-1 ARS||Premier League|
|29th December 2018||LIV 5-1 ARS||Premier League|
|3rd November 2018||ARS 1-1 LIV||Premier League|
Matthew’s Betting Tips
Liverpool’s defeat to Arsenal in July was their first defeat in 11 matches against The Gunners since April 2015. Arsenal will find it difficult to keep Liverpool quiet for the entire game in the Community Shield. Liverpool to win either half 1/3* with Mark Jarvis.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has enjoyed playing at Wembley recently. He scored two goals in Arsenal’s FA Cup Semi Final win against Manchester City and he also scored two goals in the Final against Chelsea. Aubameyang anytime scorer in the Community Shield is 7/5* with Mark Jarvis.
Arsenal scored in both halves in both their FA Cup Semi Final against Manchester City and the FA Cup Final against Chelsea. The Gunners are 7/2* to score in both halves of the Community Shield with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 27th August 2020) and subject to change
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