2018 FA Community Shield: Which Are The Key Battles To Look Out For?

The day is Sunday 8 July which means there is exactly four weeks to go until Manchester City and Chelsea do battle in the 2018 Community Shield.

2017-18 Premier League champions Man City go into the new campaign following their breath-taking title win in which they became the first team to achieve 100 points in a 38-game season, losing just twice and setting a new straight-wins record of 18 matches.

Chelsea endured a disappointing league campaign, finishing 5th and missing out on Champions League, but secured a narrow 1-0 victory against Manchester United in the FA Cup Final to lift the famous domestic trophy for an eight time.

Fans have been rushing to buy their Community Shield tickets for the clash on 5 August, and here are the key battles fans present or watching at home will have to look out for on the day at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea’s attack vs the £215.5million defence

City are expected to line-up with a back four consisting of £50m Kyle Walker, £50m John Stones, £28.5m Nicolas Otamendi and £52m Benjamin Mendy in front of £35m goalkeeper Ederson as the most expensive defence in world football.

Chelsea’s tricky wingers Eden Hazard and Willian, if the Brazilian is still at the club, as well as either Olivier Giroud or Álvaro Morata will have the tough test of unlocking the defence that conceded the least goals in the Premier League season.

The support from Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso from the wing-back positions could prove to be crucial in what is very commonly an open game for those who have purchased Community Shield football tickets to enjoy from the stands.

Can N’Golo Kanté contain City’s creative midfield geniuses?

N’Golo Kanté has been a crucial figure for Didier Deschamps’ France at this year’s World Cup in Russia and is likely to play a large part if France is to overcome Belgium and reach their second consecutive major tournament final on Tuesday.

He’s even more important for Chelsea, and his energy will prove to be very important if he is to keep the creative genius of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva at bay alongside either Cesc Fàbregas or imminent arrival Aleksandr Golovin, who should make his debut in front of those with Community Shield football tickets.

The 27-year-old maestro has grown to be one of the most sought-after midfielders in the world over his time in England, helping Leicester City and Chelsea win the top-flight title in his first two years in the country, and will have to step up if The Blues are to start their 2018-19 campaign with silverware.

Wing-backs Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso take on a huge task

As previously mentioned, it’s pivotal that Moses and Alonso work just as hard offensively trying to unlock to strong City defence than they’re going to have to work keeping the likes of Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling quiet.

City have phenomenal strike options as well, with either Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Agüero set to start up front with the other an option on the bench, but they will have to be contained by Chelsea’s back three which could include Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly, who is being heavily linked with a move to London.

What is certain is that it’s going to be a classic clash at Wembley, so get your Community Shield online football tickets today and gets you to the annual curtain-raiser.