Predicted Manchester City line-up to face Chelsea in the Community Shield
Pep Guardiola comes up against Maurizio Sarri, who is leading his new Chelsea team into a competitive fixture for the first time.
Both Manchester City and Chelsea are without those players who participated at the World Cup.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that new signing Riyad Mahrez is in contention to start Sunday’s Community Shield.
Mahrez, 27, sustained an ankle injury last weekend but he is now fully fit to face Chelsea. Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are the only players yet to join the squad after the World Cup.
Probable Manchester City XI
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Ederson was one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League last season, thoroughly impressing with his cat-like reflexes, shot-stopping abilities and incredible distribution skills.
Luke Bolton (RB)
One of the breakthrough stars of the pre-season tour, Luke Bolton was absolutely fantastic as he put in some eye-catching displays. The youngster should start in an unfamiliar right-back position.
Nicolas Otamendi (CB)
Otamendi was a key cog in City’s title triumph this past season. A quick centre-back who rarely loses in a one-on-one situation, the Argentine could start on Sunday.
Aymeric Laporte (CB)
Injury allowed him only one pre-season game but with his fellow defenders lacking fitness, Laporte could be in for a start.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB)
Zinchenko has been a utility player for Guardiola. He has been playing at left-back and in midfield as per the manager’s demands.
The beating heart of City, Fernandinho was excellent this past season and will be hoping to start from he stopped.
Phil Foden (LCM)
Foden has already been in and around the first-team and did well in the pre-season tour that could earn him a start at the Wembley.
Bernardo Silva (RCB)
Bernardo Silva was sublime in the pre-season tour, showcasing his artistry and goal-scoring abilities. With an impressive first season in England already under his belt, the diminutive Portuguese would be hoping to get better.
Leroy Sane (LW)
It was a bit of a surprise to see Sane being so scarcely used, given that he did not end up going to the World Cup. But the German needs no introduction, as he showed last season as to what he can do with his explosive pace and trickery.
Riyad Mahrez (RW)
Mahrez is fit and would be raring to have a go against Chelsea in the Community Shield.
Sergio Aguero (ST)
The man to lead City’s attack at the weekend should be Aguero. With his movement and pace, he can cause a lot of problems to the Chelsea defenders.