FA Community Shield 2014: Live Stream, TV Info, Prediction and Preview

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FA Community Shield 2014: Live Stream, TV Info, Prediction and Preview
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The traditional English football curtain-raiser takes place this weekend with Premier League holders Manchester City taking on FA Cup winners Arsenal at Wembley.

City stormed to the title as Liverpool and Chelsea's campaigns buckled late in the season last term.

Arsenal collected their first silverware for 3,283 days, per Jamie Reid of TheFA.com, when they captured the famous old trophy after an epic battle with Hull, winning the match 3-2 late in extra-time.

Here is how you can watch the first piece of English silverware be decided this season:

 

When: Sunday, August 10, at 3 p.m. BST (10 a.m. ET)

Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England.

TV: BT Sport (UK only); Fox (U.S. only)

Live Stream: BT Sport App (UK only); Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S. only)

 

Can Arsenal Match the Power of Manchester City?

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Last year, Arsenal had a fantastic chance of winning the Premier League, only once again to collapse at the moment when they needed to hold firm.

And in a season where Chelsea stumbled and coughed, and Manchester United fell from champions to nobodies, it was Arsene Wenger's chance to rectify years of only just making the top four.

But that is what they did again—despite the world-class signing of Mesut Ozil—which ultimately made no difference in their overall league position.

Wenger has tried the trick again this year and taken Chile superstar Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona to add to his front line.

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As with 12 months ago, the excitement surrounding the Gunners is palpable as fans believe Arsenal can win the league.

But Wenger's side still have a way to go in terms of becoming Premier League champions, and we shall see just how near they might be to that objective when they face City.

There is some confusion still as to where Wenger's array of attacking talent will play once the season gets going, but Arsenal fan and journalist Piers Morgan believes he has the answer:

City have had a relatively quiet summer after their successes last term. It seems they will largely rely on the cavalry that charged to the title last year, with maybe just one or two additions to the squad's make-up.

Much reliance will be laid at the door of Yaya Toure once again. The midfielder was sensational in sky blue last season as he smashed through defence after defence.

The 31-year-old hit 20 goals in 35 Premier League appearances, per WhoScored.com, and also provided nine assists—earmarking him as the English league's best midfielder.

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It had been thought that Yaya might leave City this summer, but he recently confirmed that he wishes to stay in the north-west, per Steve Brenner of The Guardian:

It was not a case of me wanting to leave the club. I stayed quiet, I believe that is the right way, and at the end of the day it’s my decision. I will stay at Man City for as long as possible.

Toure will play a big part in the Community Shield, if selected, and it is difficult to see how Arsenal will deal with his power and functionality. On his day, Yaya is simply unplayable, and his presence is sure to make City slight favourites to take the Community Shield.

 

Prediction

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Arsenal will want to get their campaign off with a bang, and it is difficult to know where Manchester City are in terms of their fitness after an indifferent tour of the U.S.

But the Sanchez factor could come in to play. The Chilean will want to show what he can do, and a contest at Wembley, on one of the largest pitches in world football, will offer the attacker the space he needs to run at the Sky Blues' defence.

City now must carry the burden of being champions for the second time in recent years, something they struggled with two seasons ago. 

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They are now there to be shot at, and if Toure does not deliver the same form as last season, they will lose matches.

Sunday is a great opportunity for Wenger and his team, and there is every chance they may take City's scalp as an early prize.

Prediction: Arsenal win 2-1

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