FA Community Shield Picks: Back The Over As Defending EPL Champions Leicester City & Manchester United Collide

Leicester City

Kevin Stott

Friday, August 5, 2016 7:14 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 7:14 PM UTC

The winners of the previous season’s championship and the FA Cup meet when Leicester City take on Manchester United in the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium. Let’s look who may have the best chances to score goals and make a couple of betting picks.

Manchester United vs. Leicester City 
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend, come inside! Come inside! The FA Community Shield is set for Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London with defending English Premier League champions Leicester City facing FA Cup-winners Manchester United a week before the EPL Regular Season officially kick off on Sunday, August 13. Betting odds have made Manchester United solid -114 favorites here with defending league champions Leicester City an enticing +359 as the underdog with the Draw priced at +263 (5Dimes) in the Three-Way (Winner) market with the Red Devils -½ priced at -110 and the Foxes +½ also at -110 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) in the Goal Line marketplace. 

The Total (Goals) in this match is set at 2½ with the Under juiced at -119 (5Dimes) while The Both Teams To Score odds here have the Yes and No both priced at -110 (Bet365) and here are some random Prop wagers for this game: To Lift Trophy: Manchester United -225, Leicester City +162 (William Hill); and, Team To Score First: Manchester United -187, Leicester City +175 No Goals +900 (Bet365). Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) will be the Referee for the 94th edition of this historic match, which remembers, can ultimately go to a dreaded Penalty Kick Shootout.


Last 10 Community Shield Winners
2015—Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0
2014—Arsenal 3 Manchester City 0
2013—Manchester United 2 Wigan Athletic 0
2012—Manchester City 3 Chelsea 2
2011—Manchester United 3 Manchester City 2
2010—Manchester United 3 Chelsea 1
2009—Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2 (Chelsea won 4-1 on PKs)
2008—Manchester United Portsmouth 0 (MUFC won 3-1 on PKs)
2007—Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1 (MUFC won 3-0 on PKs)
2006—Liverpool 2 Chelsea 1


Manchester United FC
Manchester United (+360 t0 win EPL, Bwin) said goodbye to Manager Louis van Gaal and went big, hiring José Mourinho to see if he can get the Red Devils franchise headed more in the direction that Sir Alex Ferguson had it going. And besides bringing The Special One to Old Trafford, United also went out and signed Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) to hopefully help increase the number of goals in front this coming season. 

And with Ibrahimovic (Total EPL Goals 14½ Under -125, Bovada), Wayne Rooney (Anytime Goalscorer +200, at BetVictor), Juan Mata (Anytime Goalscorer +350, Bet365), Anthony Martial (Anytime Goalscorer +162, Bet365), Ashley Young (Anytime Goalscorer +800, Stan James), Jesse Lingard (Anytime Goalscorer +350, Bet365), Marcus Rashford (Anytime Goalscorer +175, Bet365), Will Keane (Anytime Goalscorer +254, at 888Sport), Memphis Depay (Anytime Goalscorer +350, Bet365), Marouane Fellaini (Anytime Goalscorer +500, Bet365) and others, Mourinho has a Roster loaded with talent including others like Ashley Young, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Adnan Januzaj and Chris Smalling, but as always is the trick, finding the right combination of players and getting them to click but expecting to do so on the first weekend of August seems like a bit of a stretch. 

And with top-notch GK David De Gea, the Red Devils will definitely be a threat in the English Premier League this season and it’s hard not to see a top four finish for Manchester United which finished in 5th place with a 18-9-10 record (49 GF-35 GA, 66 points)—qualifying for UEFA Europa League Group Stage play—a massive 15 games behind their opponents here in London town this coming weekend, reigning league champions Leicester City (81 points).


Leicester City FC
Leicester City (33/1 to win EPL, Betway) and Manager Claudio Ranieri played incredibly consistent football in shocking the world and winning the EPL last season, but with the burdens of UEFA Champions League plays and special matches like this FA Community Shield, this Little Engine That Could may just not be up for all of the added Travel and Pressure and being a Target as to their status as defending Premier League champions. 

The Foxes looked have looked just decent in their Preseason, beating Oxford United, 2-1 in a Friendly on July 19, defeating Scottish side Celtic on PKs (6-5) in the International Champions Cup on July 23, losing to Ibrahimovic’s former club, Paris Saint-Germain in the ICC on July 31, 4-0 and the rallying from a 3-0 Halftime deficit but still losing to Lionel Messi and Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona, 4-2 in the ICC on Aug. 3. Despite the fact the names are less well-known, Leicester City still has a great and gritty Roster with Jamie Vardy (+220 Anytime Goalscorer, Bet365), Riyad Mahraz (+360 Anytime Goalscorer, 888Sport), Ahmed Musa (Anytime Goalscorer +360, 888Sport), Shinji Okazaki (+400 Anytime Goalscorer, 888Sport), Leonardo Ulloa (+350 Anytime Goalscorer, Betfred), Nathan Dyer (+500 Anytime Goalscorer, at Paddy Power), Danny Drinkwater (+1,000 Anytime Goalscorer, Stan James), Andy King (+900 Anytime Goalscorer, 888Sport) and others, the Foxes have enough Offense and Defense to hang with most European teams, save for a handful of the super clubs who dominate in the UEFA Champions League. Leicester City (22-12-3, 68 GF-36 GA in 2015) reportedly re-signed German GK Peter Schmeichel on Thursday, so with captain Wes Morgan, the Blue Army will again be a force to be reckoned with and can easily win this game, despite United’s big club reputation.


London Weather Forecast, Best Betting Approaches, and Head-to-Head Results Between Clubs
The Weather Channel in the London borough of Brent and Wembley is calling for Morning Clouds followed by Afternoon Sun with a few spits of Rain possible, a Low of 24° (Celsius) with WSW Winds of 25 mph, so the Wind could play a role in this match on Sunday. Overall in all competitions, Manchester United is 44-22-23 (184 GF-122 GA) against Leicester City but the Red Devils are just 1-2-1 against the Foxes in the L4 EPL meetings, playing to two 1-1 Draws last season, and splitting Home wins in the 2014/15 Premier League season, with two stone-cold Overs (MUFC 3-1 LEI, LEI 5-3 MUFC). Manchester United has W3 straight FA Community Shields and the Red Devils have a record 20 Wins—16 outright wins and 4 shared titles—including six since 2003, so new United Manager Mourinho is in the right place at the right time in a meaningless game in some ways and a great way to get some Momentum and Confidence while letting some of the new players like big (6-5, 209) Swedish national Striker Ibrahimovic (Anytime Goalscorer +140, Betstars) assimilate into the flow of play.

While the Foxes have only played in this match one time (1971), they were never the club they are now and the Foxes won’t be scared with all they have been through in the now past 2+ seasons, but Leicester City honestly looked pretty shaky in back both against PSG and Barça and with that in mind, backing the Over (2½ +105, Marathon) as well as the Both Teams To Score ’Yes’ (-110, Bet365) are the recommended betting picks in what should actually be a pretty entertaining match, wind-willing.


PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Manchester United 2 Leicester City 1
FA CUP FINALS PICK: Over 2½ +105 at Marathon
FA CUP FINALS PROP PICKS: Both Teams To Score Yes -110 at Bet365, Manchester United To Lift Trophy -225 at William Hill

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