Can Leicester City upset the odds again and claim another piece of silverware in this season’s Community Shield?
Thanks to a stunning victory in the Premier League last season, The Foxes are set to take on the might of Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday and, unlike previous showdowns, this one has some added zing.
Indeed, despite being a chance to win another trophy, the Community Shield is often taken lightly by those involved, but this year things will be a little different.
For Leicester City, a club with a trophy cabinet that’s hardly overflowing, it will be a chance to add another trinket to the mantelpiece. Not only that, but with everyone waiting to see if the players can continue their form from last season, it will be a chance to prove 2015/16 wasn’t a fluke.
For Manchester United a new manager in the shape of Jose Mourinho means the players will have something to prove. Known for his temperamental ways and willingness to cut players at the drop of a hat, Mourinho will want to use the Community Shield as a chance to assess his current side.
As if that wasn’t enough, Zlatan Ibrahimović is likely to make an appearance for United which means almost anything could happen.
Of course, the Community Shield is about more than Zlatan, although his influence could prove the difference for favourites United. Currently priced at 5/6, the club’s experience in big Wembley matches, coupled with a few important additions to the set-up, appear to have tipped the weight of opinion in United’s favour.
However, if last season’s Premier League taught us anything it’s that you can’t write-off Leicester City. City are the 33/10 underdogs, but if you don’t fancy that you can always take a punt on a draw at 51/20.
New customers to Comeon! can take advantage of the enhanced prices on offer for the tradiotional curtain raiser, with Leicester 8/1 to emerge victorious, while United have been boosted to a tasty 6/1.
Naturally, if you’re still partying with Jamie Vardy, then a cheeky bet on him to score the first goal at 23/4 will certainly keep the drinks flowing if it comes in.
The Community Shield might not be the biggest cup competition of the season. However, with some added incentives for both teams this time around, it’s certainly going to be an entertaining spectacle.