Algerian winger in line to make official debut after recovering from ankle injury
Chelsea vs Manchester City
Competition: The FA Community Shield
Date: 3.00pm, Sunday 5th August 2018
Venue: Wembley Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: A Nunn, E Smart Fourth Official: P Tierney
Odds: City 11/10, Draw 5/2, Chelsea 12/5. For more odds see bettingtop10.com/au.
Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com
TV: BT Sport
Manager: Maurizio Sarri
Squad (from): Caballero, Bulka, Green, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Christensen, Emerson, Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Barkley, Drinkwater, Loftus-Cheek, Bakayoko, Piazon, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Morata, Abraham
Injured: Zouma, van Ginkel
Unavailable: Hazard, Courtois, Kante, Willian, Giroud
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Hart, Adarabioyo, Bolton, Garcia, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, Sterling, Toure, Jesus, Nmecha
Doubtful: Mahrez, Foden, Mendy
Unavailable: De Bruyne, Sterling
Riyad Mahrez has recovered from an ankle injury sustained during the friendly victory against Bayern Munich, and is line to make his official City debut on Sunday. Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne have been given extended leave following their World Cup exertions.
“Mahrez is good. He had a little bit of pain but he trained day before yesterday - I think so (he can play on Sunday),” Guardiola confirmed.
“Kevin and Sterling are not here but they will be back after the game on Sunday,” Pep confirmed.
“From Monday we will be back all together and think about what we have to do to keep last season’s level.”
“I am happy that he [Sarri] is here in the Premier League,” Pep added. “I will learn a lot to see his team every weekend. I saw three games - he gets it, the team in a short time plays like he wants.
“I think it will be a good game, always Chelsea is a big rival. Antonio was, Maurizio will be too. The style of play will be perfect for English football.”
City's last game against Chelsea ended in a 1-0 victory with Bernardo Silva getting the only goal. Overall City have won 54 of the 159 games played against Chelsea, with 39 draws and 66 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Bravo, Bolton, Garcia, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Gundogan, B Silva, Sane, Mahrez, Jesus
Score prediction: City 1 Chelsea 1