Leicester City vs Manchester City: Predicted Line-ups
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Ayoze Perez of Leicester City runs with the ball as Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho of Manchester City look on during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on April 03, 2021 in Leicester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tim Keeton - Pool/Getty Images)

Brendan RodgersLeicester City will play in the FA Community Shield after successfully lifting the Emirates FA Cup, whilst the current holders of the trophy- Manchester City- will be looking to retain the shield. The annual event between the Premier League and FA Cup winners will take place at Wembley Stadium as usual, as the Foxes play at the ground for the third time this season.

Pep Guardiola’s side will be hoping that this will be the first of many trophies for the Citizens this year, with the Blues especially desperate to win the UEFA Champions LeagueManchester City have won the shield twice in the past three years. 

It will hopefully be an exciting game between the sides in London, with the game the first real competitive game of the new season. Here is how both sides could line up:

Leicester City

Rodgers will be hoping that his side can beat the Premier League champions on Saturday, and start their season of by winning silverware. 

In goal is expected to be Danish international, Kasper Schmeichel. The keeper played his first 45 minutes of pre-season against Villarreal, and is likely to start at Wembley.

A back four is expected on Saturday, with some notable changes. After the horrific injury of Wesley Fofana, Rodgers confirmed, “he has fractured his fibula”. This loss for the Foxes may mean that Wilfred Ndidi is pushed back into the center back role, with Jonny Evans also sidelined. Wing-backs could contain Ryan Bertrand and Ricardo Pereira, while Caglar Soyuncu is almost certain to partner Ndidi. 

Moving into the midfield positions, Rodgers is likely to play two holding midfielders, with a number 10. In the role, sitting in front of the defense could be a pairing of Boubakary Soumare and Youri Tielemans. After impressing in pre-season, Soumare could make his first competitive start for Leicester. Ahead of the duo, is likely to be James Maddison

Leicester’s front three is likely to be Harvey Barnes, Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez. After being absent since February, Barnes looks like he’s never been away after a brilliant pre-season. Perez looked positive in Leicester’s win on Wednesday night, as well as finding his name on the scoresheet. Rodgers has three options upfront including Patson Daka, Kelechi Iheanacho and Vardy but the Leicester veteran may be the choice Rodgers goes for. 

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Soyuncu, Ndidi, Bertrand; Soumare, Tielemans, Maddison; Perez, Barnes, Vardy. 

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Manchester City

Guardiola’s men will attempt to win yet another community shield on Saturday, as his side look to prepare for the new season. The starting 11 looks to include first team and under 23 players. 

26-year-old American goalkeeper, Zack Steffen, could start on Saturday as he looks to come into the side. The 6ft 3 shot-stopper could come into replace Ederson for this game. 

In the defence is likely to be a back four containing João Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake and Benjamin Mendy. The four have had good minutes in the tank in pre-season, leading up to the clash. 

Ahead of the backline, could be a midfield three of Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan and Cole Palmer. Palmer, the young 19-year-old, could start for the Citizens as the teenager looks to be alongside the vastly experienced, Fernandinho and Gundogan. 

In attack could be a front three with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Samuel Edozie and former-Fox, Riyad Mahrez. Edozie looks to start for the Blues, with both Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus unavailable. Linked with a move away from the Etihad, Silva, looks to take place on the left wing on Saturday.

Manchester City XI: Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan, Palmer; Silva, Mahrez, Edozie.

Prediction

It’s tough to predict which way this one will swing, with Man City rumoured to be playing a weakened side. Nevertheless, Guardiola’s side have an unbelievable squad. Rodgers will want to win his second trophy of the year, which he could do on Saturday

Leicester City 2-1 Manchester City

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