Chelsea vs Manchester City predicted starting XIs ahead of Community Shield

For some it is the grand season opener.

For others it is just a glorified pre-season friendly.

But however you see the Community Shield, it is confirmation that the new season is upon us – and that’s reason enough to get excited.

This year’s Wembley clash sees Manchester City look to build on a record-breaking campaign by getting this one off to the perfect start.

Pep Guardiola comes up against his friend Maurizio Sarri, who is leading his new Chelsea team into a competitive fixture for the first time.

Both teams are expected to have a few fringe players in their line-ups, with a host of players only just back from World Cup action.

Here is all the team news from both City and Chelsea – plus how we expect them to line up.

Chelsea team news

Cesc Fabregas is doubtful for Chelsea with a minor knee injury.

France World Cup winners N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, Belgium trio Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi, plus England’s Gary Cahill, are yet to return following Russia 2018.

New boss Sarri suggested a similar side to the one which featured in pre-season would play at Wembley, meaning 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi could play.

Predicted XI: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Fabregas, Barkley, Pedro, Morata, Hudson-Odoi

Manchester City team news

Manchester City summer signing Riyad Mahrez is available for Sunday’s game.

The 27-year-old sustained an ankle injury last weekend but has been able to train ahead of the Wembley showpiece.

Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are the only players not to return to the group after the World Cup, with manager Guardiola planning to go on condition over quality.

Predicted XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Mendy, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Mahrez, Aguero, Sane

Who wins this one?


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