Liverpool to win and both teams to score
Arsenal v Liverpool
Such are the unusual times in which we currently live that less than a week after the Champions League final was concluded, Premier League champions Liverpool will take on FA Cup winners Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday, in the new season’s annual curtain raiser, the Community Shield.
Both teams will be looking to start the season well and this particular fixture has certainly thrown up plenty of goals in recent times. There hasn’t been a goalless draw between the sides since 2015 and in fact eight of the last ten matches have seen over 3.5 goals being smashed in between these two Premier League giants.
Liverpool scored 85 goals in the Premier League last season against Arsenal’s 56 and at the time of writing, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has yet to sign a new contract at the Emirates. I’m sure that tying his future to the Gunners for the next few years is likely to be the number one priority of everyone at the club. He has now scored 22 goals in back to back Premier League campaigns so the thought of losing a player who scores roughly half their goals is not something that the Arsenal management will want to consider. Aubameyang has scored two goals on each of his last two visits to Wembley and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him add to his tally on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool have spent the last few weeks in Austria as part of their pre-season training and as a result of their Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid back in March, they have enjoyed a longer break than the Gunners which could well turn out to be significant on Saturday.
Their formidable record at home was the catalyst for winning the Premier League last season, with their last Premier League defeat at home coming in 2017. However, their away form wasn’t too shabby either and every single player at the club will be champing at the bit to get going again and maintain their phenomenal form of the last two seasons.
Despite all the talk of this being a glorified friendly, both teams will be very keen to start their season with a win and I really fancy an entertaining game with plenty of goals.
Given the relative preparations and sharpness of both teams, I fancy Jurgen Klopp’s men to come out on top and to be picking up yet another trophy in the early evening of Saturday.
3-1 to Liverpool for me.