Manchester City and Leicester City are about to square off in the season’s curtain-raiser, with all the action live on ITV
By Virgin TV Edit
If your timeline is currently filled with snazzy kit reveals, videos of new signings that have the production values of a Hollywood blockbuster, and completely random transfer gossip, you know the start of the new Premier League season is right around the corner.
And with the start of a fresh campaign comes the FA Community Shield. This year’s encounter between Premier League champs Manchester City and Emirates FA Cup winners Leicester City is live on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on Saturday 7 August – and it’s definitely not to be missed.
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Before the big match kicks off, get bang up to speed with the action as we answer the big questions around this top clash…
Man City v Leicester? Sounds like it could be a cracker…
It really does. Both teams love to attack, as Manchester City found out only too well at the start of last season when they were thumped 5-2 by Leicester at the Etihad. But don’t feel too sorry for Pep Guardiola’s men. They rarely looked back from that result, as they marched onwards to take the title back from Liverpool.
How are Man City shaping up this season?
For a club that’s made a habit of casually dropping £60 million on a new player they don’t even need, City have been suspiciously quiet in the transfer market this summer. In fact, the most notable move at the club has been the departure of legendary striker Sergio Agüero to Barcelona on a free.
No Agüero? That’s going to be a bit weird this year, isn’t it?
It is, but the Argentine was only a bit-part player for the club last season. Not that you would have known from the tears Pep shed for him at the end of the campaign. Don’t you worry about City, though. With world-class talent in every position, the Blues remain favourites to win the Premier League once again in 2021-22. Catch ’em if you can.
What about Leicester?
After narrowly missing out on UEFA Champions League qualification last season big things are expected of Brendan Rodgers’ men. The aim this term will be to finish in the European places, which is definitely within their grasp. It’s an exciting time to be a Foxes fan.
Any new signings?
Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka and free agent Ryan Bertrand have come in to bulk up the squad, but it’s the signing of midfielder Boubakary Soumaré that has got fans really excited. The Frenchman, 22, was a vital part of Lille’s Ligue 1-winning team last season and is sure to give the Foxes a bit of extra bite in central areas.
When does the new Premier League season start?
The 2021-22 Premier League campaign kicks off on Friday 13 August, when new boys Brentford host Arsenal. It’s one of 128 matches you can watch exclusively live this season on Sky Sports and the Sky Sports app, while an additional 52 games will be live and exclusive on BT Sport – including the opening weekend’s huge clash between Manchester United and Leeds United. Get in!
When is the FA Community Shield on TV?
You can watch Manchester City and Leicester City go head to head in the FA Community Shield on Saturday 7 August on ITV HD (CH 103/113). Coverage starts at 4.30pm.
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