Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Venue: Wembley Stadium
The 2020 FA Community Shield, a fixture which serves as the season curtain raiser between the league and FA Cup winners takes place on Saturday at the Wembley Stadium.
League winners Liverpool are up against Arsenal in a game which should have both managers continue their preparation for the upcoming campaign, as they look to give minutes to squad members in a bid to finalise the final team.
The Reds have made only one notable addition post the season conclusion, Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas joining for an £11,750,000 fee from Olympiacos, while Arsenal have added Brazilian winger Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea and welcome back highly-rated French teenage defender William Saliba, who spent last season out on loan in his native France.
Things are gradually picking up with regards to pre-season activity but Liverpool appear to still be lagging a bit behind in term of their readiness for the new campaign.
The Reds were clearly far from their best as they had to come from a two-goal deficit midweek against RB Salzburg to secure a draw, youngster Rhian Brewster netting an impressive brace off the bench.
It was the forwards third goal in two pre-season matches and he could be pushing for a start in this game with Jurgen Klopp looking to field his fittest players and best combination against an Arsenal side that handed opportunities to youngsters in their one-sided victory over MK Dons.
The big dilemma for Mikel Arteta and for much of the season should be who starts in goal for the Gunners.
First-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno is fit again and with back-up Emiliano Martinez more than holding down his own in the German’s injury-enforced absence; Arteta could have a massive decision as to who to field on matchday from the start.
Like previous community shield encounters, the intensity of this game shouldn’t be fast paced as the players aim to gradually get back to full fitness after a relatively short break.
We expect Arsenal to cause some problems for the Liverpool backline which looked suspect towards the end of last season and far from convincing in pre-season.
This game should have both teams registering goals on the score sheet, a draw at the end of regulation time and a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.
Prediction: Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool
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