Community Shield punters are in for a treat as Paddy Power announce a new free bets offer on Arsenal v Man City – they have enhanced the price on Arsenal to 7/1 (was 2/1) and Man City to a massive 9/2 (was 5/4).
The game is all set to be cracker as the Premier League champions Manchester City face the FA Cup holders Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday at Wembley.
Arsenal enjoyed a rare positive summer in the transfer market, adding the highly talented Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.
In comparison Manchester City have had a quiet window by their standards, however still brought in quality in the form of Fernando and Bacary Sagna from Sunday’s opponents.
Arsene Wenger’s side will compete for the Community Shield for the first time since 2005, having lifted the FA Cup.
Arsenal came from two goals down to beat Hull City in last season’s FA Cup final, in doing so ending their nine year trophy drought.
As for Manchester City, they claimed their second Barclays Premier League title in three years, edging out both Liverpool and Chelsea.
Manuel Pellegrini guided City to a Premier League and Capital One cup double in his first season in charge of the club.
Manchester City thrashed Arsenal 6-3 when the two sides met last season at the Etihad stadium, before the pair drew 1-1 in the reverse league fixture.
Arsenal will be without the World Cup winning German trio of Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil.
With Thomas Vermaelen’s future in doubt, Calum Chambers is expected to partner Laurent Koscielny in the heart of Arsenal’s defence.
Wenger has questioned Olivier Giroud’s fitness after a pre-season friendly loss to Monaco, meaning Yaya Sanogo could start.
Sanogo scored four against Benfica in the Emirates Cup and certainly is pushing his French compatriot for a starting birth.
As for Manchester City, they could be without several players who went far in the 2014 World Cup.
Vincent Kompany and David Silva have barely featured in pre-season, however may come back for the season curtain raiser.
Sagna could make his first start for City against his former employers, although Gael Clichy may play out of position at right-back.
Expect to see both Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko start, with the pair linking up well in pre-season for the Blues.
Expected starting XI’s
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Sanchez, Cazorla, Sanogo
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Rekik, Clichy, Fernando, Toure, Navas, Nasri, Jovetic, Dzeko