Just one week after the Champions League final, it’s already the traditional curtain-raiser for the new English football as Premier League champions Liverpool face FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley.
These two sides met just last month, with Mikel Arteta’s Gunners coming back from behind to record a shock 2-1 win against Liverpool, who had been crowned champions by that point but were still fielding a strong side, chasing down a record points tally. It’s one of just three league defeats they suffered.
Liverpool come into this match-up as favourites, priced at just 8/13 for the win, whilst Arsenal are priced at long odds of 4/1 (via Paddy Power) in spite of last month’s result.
That's because Liverpool have an otherwise strong recent record against Arsenal, unbeaten in 10 games before that (six wins, four draws) in all competitions. Those recent clashes have also tended to be high-scoring entertaining affairs, with scorelines including two 3-3 draws, a 5-5 draw, a 4-3 victory, a 5-1 victory and a 4-0 victory.
Only one of the last 10 meetings has yielded fewer than 2.5 goals, and eight of the last ten have featured over 3.5 goals. Over 2.5 goals is priced at just 1/2 with Paddy Power, but over 2.5 is priced at 5/4, whilst a high-scoring hum-dinger of over 6.5 goals is a massive 16/1.
As well as the Liverpool win, Arteta guided Arsenal to big wins over Manchester City (2-0) and Chelsea (2-1) in the FA Cup semi-final and final respectively and will hope his side can repeat the trick here.
Star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored all four goals across those two games, and is priced at 7/1 (via Betfair Sportsbook) to score two goals or more here.
Virgil Van Dijk, meanwhile, poses a significant set-piece threat for Liverpool, and is expected to feature here in spite of a knock to the head in a friendly against Salzburg last week. The Dutchman has boosted odds of 7/1 via Betfair Sportsbook to score a header here.
We recommend going for Paddy Power’s Power Price promotion here. They offer boosted odds of 13/2 for Mo Salah & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to have 2 or more shots on target each, which is worth backing consider the pair scored 23 and 29 goals respectively last term.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change
Mo Salah & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to have 2 or more shots on target each - 13/2
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score two goals or more - 7/1