The traditional curtain raiser to the Premier League season takes place this weekend in the form of the Community Shield, with reigning league champions Manchester City squaring off against newly crowned FA Cup winners Leicester. It is the first time since 2016 that the Foxes will be competing in the event.
City to don change strip for clash
There were some questions as to what City will be wearing for this fixture, and it’s now been confirmed that they will be donning their new 21/22 change strip.
City’s new away kit is a water inspired one from manufacturers Puma, with water droplets present throughout the jersey. The colours used on the shirt are meant to replicate the effect of light breaking through these droplets.
The shirt also uses the new revolutionary “Dope Dye” technology from Puma, aimed at reducing water consumption during the manufacture of the jersey.
Foxes to wear home kit
With City set to don their away kit, Leicester will be wearing their primary uniform and are technically the home side for this clash.
Unlike the Citizens, who released their change uniform just a few days ago, the Foxes will be wearing a strip that was unveiled back in May and was even worn on the final day of the 20/21 campaign against Spurs. Leicester lost that game 4-2 after leading 2-1 with fifteen minutes to go, and thus missed out on a golden opportunity to secure Champions League footy- a win would’ve seen them finish ahead of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who lost their clash 2-1 to Aston Villa, and England would’ve had five representatives in Europe’s premier club competition.
Leicester’s new home shirt features FBS as their new partner and sees the return of white shorts and blue socks to the uniform.
The Community Shield fixture will also be an effective Adidas vs Puma face off- Brendan Rodgers’ side in the famed three stripes vs City in Puma. Interestingly though, Leicester wore Puma at the time of their last CS appearance (the 2-1 loss to United)
City favourites for this clash
The Citizens have won the last two Community Shield clashes they’ve participated in, beating Chelsea 2-0 in the 2018 edition and following it up with a 5-4 win on penalties over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the 2019 one.
A quick look at the odds at Tonybet suggests that Pep Guardiola’s men are strongly fancied to add another trophy to their cabinet against the Foxes. Leicester’s last appearance in this event, as mentioned above, came back in 2016 and saw them lose 2-1 to Man Utd. They’ve won it twice, with the last such win coming five decades back in 1971.
There will be spectators for this clash at Wembley, with both City and Leicester getting an allocation of around the 26,000 mark for their respective fans. The stadium had more than 60K in attendance for the finals of the European Championships last month which England lost on penalties to Italy.
Leicester’s pre-season has been disappointing so far- a 0-0 draw and a loss on penalties to Burton Albion, a 1-0 reverse away at Wycombe and a 3-3 draw against Queens Park Rangers at the time of writing. City, on the other hand, have beaten Preston, Barnsley and Blackpool, and scored ten goals in those three games and letting in just the one.
Both sides are likely to be without their Euro 2020 stars- in City’s case, the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling, and in Leicester’s case, inspirational goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Foxes fans may however get to see new signing Patson Daka in competitive action for the first time and will be hoping that Jamie Vardy can continue his fine goal scoring against City (he has 11 in 15 against them)