It’s fair to say that the Community Shield leaves punters a little bit torn. On the one hand, they’re desperate to have a flutter to make the Premier League curtain raiser between Arsenal and Manchester City a little more interesting but on the other hand it’s effectively a glorified friendly so it’s very difficult to find a betting angle.
Form and recent meetings between the two don’t exactly offer many pointers but for those determined to pick a winner the Gunners have to get the nod by virtue of the fact that they’re priced at 23/10 by Stan James in what looks like a 50-50 encounter.
Certainly City make for no appeal at just 5/4 (Paddy Power) and although BetVictor’s 5/2 about a 90-minute stalemate isn’t entirely without appeal, seven of the last ten renewals have been conclusive and Arsene Wenger’s troops therefore represent marginally better value in the match betting.
In recent years, the trend has been for the contest to generate plenty of goals; the last five in fact have produced 20 in total and there’s nothing to suggest that that pattern won’t continue.
Winner.com’s 3/4 about a tally higher than 2.5 looks an absolute banker then but it could be worth pushing the boat out and backing the teams to conjure up more than 3.5 goals between them, an outcome BetVictor chalk up at 15/8.
Arsenal new boy Alexis Sanchez is 12/5 via Stan James to fire one of those, punters seeking a speculative selection can tackle Ladbrokes’s 12/1 about a 2-1 Gunners triumph and betway post a safe-looking 13/20 against both teams finding the net at Wembley.
Over 3.5 goals – 15/8 (BetVictor)