And so the close season came to pass. Chelsea spent heavily, City not a penny. Chelsea played poorly, City played well. As intriguing a Community Shield as we’ve seen in recent years…lies in wait. We could well be in for a cracker such is the high calibre of player that will be on display…
Roberto Di Matteo:
‘It’s certainly going to be a strong (Chelsea) team. The players know a win against Man City would be great and give us the right step into the Premier League.’
‘I am confident with my players because we won the league and also because last year we beat a fantastic team like United. But you do need to improve at every level. We are a young team and we need to get better, every month, every year.’
Chelsea Team News:
Marko Marin (hamstring)
Player to watch: Eden Hazard
Who else? Hazard’s bizarre media and social networking transfer dalliance over The Stretfords, City and Chelsea early in the summer ultimately led to a move to Stamford Bridge. The 21 year old Belgian certainly talks the talk and has set himself up for big things. It will be interesting to see how all £32,000,000 of him fairs against the meanest, tough tackling defence in England.
Manchester City Team News:
Micah Richards (ankle)
Gareth Barry (hernia operation)
Mario Balotelli (rested)
David Silva (rested)
Vincent Kompany (late fitness test -calf)
Player to watch: Carlos Tevez
‘El Apache’ also known as ‘The Nameless One’ arguably breathed life into City’s title charge last season and has formed a formidable ‘Ground Attack’ (copyright VMC’s Pedmachine) alongside the prolific Sergio Aguero. This will be the first time that Planet Blue has seen Tevez after a full pre-season in which he has looked combative, hungry and in terrific shape. Has the ability with Kun to have any game wrapped up inside 45 minutes.
Match Facts & Stats
Head To Head:
League 55 Chelsea Wins, 36 Draws, 43 City Wins
League Cup 1 Chelsea Win, 1 City Win
Other Cup 2 Chelsea Wins
FA Cup 1 Chelsea Win, 2 City Wins
Total: 59 Chelsea Wins, 36 Draws, 46 City Wins
Mo 12 Dec 2011 Chelsea 2 – 1 Man City
We 21 Mar 2012 Man City 2 – 1 Chelsea
City 13/10, Chelsea 5/4
TV Coverage: ITV1 HD
From the inception of the Premier League, only 7 of 20 Community /Charity Shield winners went on to win the title. But 4 of the last 5 winners have gone on to win it.
9 teams have played in more than 5 Community / Charity Shields. Only Newcastle with 17% have a lower win percentage than City with 38% and Chelsea 44%.
Record Shield Result: Manchester City 6, West Bromwhich Albion 1 in 1968.
The last 5 Premier League clashes between The Pensioners and The Citizens saw 3 players sent off and 4 penalties converted.
Kevin Friend of Leicestershire
2011-2012 Record Across All Competitions:
33 Games, 120 Yellows, 3 Reds
Chelsea 1 – 1 Fulham
Sunderland 1 – 0 Man City
Man City 4 – 0 West Brom
Liverpool 4 – 1 Chelsea
Johnny On The Spot:
If this were a league game I’d say too close to call but I’m predicting an open game at one of City’s favourite venues that holds so many wonderful memories. I think that The Champions fully gelled team will give them the edge over a Chelsea side still finding it’s reorganised feet.
Chelsea 0 CITY 3
Su 19 Aug 15h00 Southampton, The Etihad, PL
Sa 25 Aug 15h00 Liverpool, Anfield, PL
Sa 01 Sep 17h30 QPR, The Etihad, PL