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21/22 Preview 1: Leicester City (N)
Published: Friday, 6th, August 2021 16:15
21/22 Preview 1: Leicester City (N)

Manchester City travel to Wembley Stadium this weekend to take on last season's FA Cup winners Leicester City in the Community Shield.

This will be the 13th occasion that City have contested the Charity/Community Shield but just the 5th meeting to take place in HA9. The Blues have won 6 of their previous 12 fixtures in the competition (50%), including the last two in a row (noticeably their best run in the Community Shield despite the last victory coming via a penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool). This is the first time City have faced the Foxes in this competition.

Man City have scored 18 goals in their 12 previous Community Shield encounters, whilst they have conceded that exact amount of goals in the same timeframe, too (1.5 gpg)! The Blues have kept 4 clean sheets (33%) and have only failed to score themselves on just 3 occasions (25%).

City in the Community Shield

28/11/1934 Arsenal L 0-4
04/11/1937 Sunderland W 2-0
24/10/1956 Manchester United L 0-1
03/08/1968 West Bromwich Albion W 6-1
02/08/1968 Leeds United L 1-2
05/08/1972 Aston Villa W 1-0
18/08/1973 Burnley L 0-1
07/08/2011 Manchester United L 2-3
12/08/2012 Chelsea W 3-2
10/08/2014 Arsenal L 0-3
05/08/2018 Chelsea W 2-0
04/08/2019 Liverpool D 1-1

Francis Lee is City's all-time leading goalscorer in this competition with 3 goals, whilst Raheem Sterling (1) is the only current player to have netted for The Blues in the Community Shield. Raheem, however, isn't expected to play any part in this fixture having been granted extra leave following his exploits in England's Euro 2020 campaign this summer. So if City are to win this fixure, someone else from the current crop will need to write their names in the record books.

City at Wembley Stadium

Saturday's fixture will be City's 35th appearance at Wembley stadium in all competitions and the 22nd at the 'new' Wembley. In terms of finals, it will be the 17th that The Blues' have contested at the stadium. City have won 17 (50.00%), drawn 5 (14.70%) and lost just 12 (35.29%) matches at Wembley. The Citizen's longest unbeaten run at the stadium was the 9 games between February 2018 and the League Cup triumph against Aston Villa in March 2020.

Man City have scored 52 goals at Wembley in their previous 34 appearances (1.52 gpg) and have conceded 42 times (0.80 gpg). City have kept 10 clean sheets (29.41%) and have only failed to score themselves on 7 occasions (20.58%).

Unsurprisingly, the recently-departed Sergio Aguero is The Blues' top scorer at Wembley, netting 6 times in his 10 appearances there (0.6 gpg). In terms of current players, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling are vying for that top spot having both scored 4 a piece at the famous stadium.

The player to have made the most appearances at the stadium for City is David Silva who represented The Blues a whopping 17 times at the national stadium, that's at least 3 more appearances than any other player!

Pep Guardiola will be taking charge of the Blues for the 14th time at Wembley Stadium.

City against Leicester

This will be the 123rd meeting between the two sides in all competitions. City have won 60 (49.18%), drawn 31 (25.40%) and lost 31 (25.40%) of the previous 122 meetings with Pep Guardiola's men only losing 2 of the last 11 meetings between the clubs.

The Blues have scored 230 goals against Leicester (1.88 gpg) and have conceded 166 times (1.36 gpg). City have kept 33 clean sheets against The Foxes (27.04%) and have only failed to score on 23 occasions (18.85%).

Whilst this is the first time that Leicester City and Manchester City are meeting in the Charity Shield, the pair have met at Wembley once before with Man City running out 1-0 victors in the 1969 FA Cup Final thanks to a Neil Young winner.

Man City's have a whopping FIVE joint-leading goalscorers in all competitions against Leicester City with Alec Herd, Billy McAdams, Billy Meredith, Joe Hayes and Neil Young all netting 7 times against The Foxes. In terms of appearance makers against Leicester City, Mike Doyle pips Alan Oakes to the top spot with 25 appearances in all competitions.