Buaksib Asia presents the preview of the 2020 FA Community Shield.
Highlighting facts, stats, history, and a quick view on the important match between Premier League Champion, Liverpool, and 2020 FA Cup Champion Arsenal.
Arsenal Vs. Liverpool
Both Arsenal and Liverpool have won the Community Shield 15 times and been runners up on seven occasions. So a chance to close in on Manchester United’s record of 21 wins beckons for both. With just one of the last 28 finals ending goalless – and 17 seeing both teams score – action seems guaranteed here. Spirits should be high in the Arsenal camp after manager Mikel Arteta guided them to victory in eight of their last 11 competitive matches. Including a 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea. The first time an incoming ‘Gunners’ manager has won a major trophy in their first season in charge of the club since 1986/87.
Another silverware piece will likely rely on a good start considering Arsenal’s last eight victories saw them score before HT (seven were HT/FT doubles). However, Liverpool have also scored before HT in their last five competitive matches. While the previous three saw both teams score before the break. Something that’s also occurred in three of the last four H2Hs! However, when the ‘Reds’ do win, it tends to be in emphatic fashion. Their previous five competitive victories saw a 2+ goal winning margin. With four seeing the opener netted by the 25th minute. Any Liverpool goal frenzy could include a header too. Only two teams in Europe’s top five leagues scored more headed goals in all competitions than Liverpool’s 23 last season.
Players to watch
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted a brace in four of the last five competitive games he’s scored in.
Returning from a loan spell at Swansea, Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster stakes his claim after grabbing three goals from the bench across two pre-season friendlies. He was his side’s first scorer in the last seven competitive matches in which he netted.
Hot stat: Liverpool’s last six wins in this traditional season curtain-raiser were secured by a one-goal margin – three by a 2-1 scoreline, and three 1-0.