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THE CURSE OF THE COMMUNITY SHIELD: Chelsea Face Man City In Season Curtain Raiser

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Community Shield
Chelsea vs. Manchester City
Date / Time: Sunday, August 5, 4:00pm
Venue: Wembley Stadium

 

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Chelsea vs. Manchester City (2/GG)
They may be two of the biggest names in English football, they may be the last two Premier League winners, and they may be meeting in the traditional curtain-raiser for the new season, but Sunday’s Community Shield match against Manchester City isn’t the start to Chelsea’s season. It’s not even the beginning to the beginning of the season.
Key players still won’t start, and they even have another meaningless friendly after it, against Lyon two days later on Tuesday (where thy are more likely to see serious minutes for said key players). Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, N’Golo Kanté, Oliver Giroud, and Gary Cahill are all only due back this weekend. They may get in a training session, maybe. More likely is that their first activity will be medicals and conditioning work.
Manchester City are much in the same boat. They sent 16 players to the World Cup (Chelsea sent 14), 11 of whom made it as far as quarterfinals. Guardiola has used “the youth” for much of preseason so far, and he’s also unlikely to deviate too much from that plan.
As usual, there will be no extra time if the scores are level after 90 minutes, and the penalty shootout is once again the ABBA system, rather than the standard ABAB that every other competition uses (including those that trialed the ABBA thing recently). Each team can use six of their seven named substitutes.

Referee: Jonathan Moss — love him or hate him, Chelsea win a lot when he’s the man in the middle. They beat Swansea and Brighton under his supervision last season.

Chelsea team news: Chelsea gazumped City for Jorginho, so that should add a bit of spice to what could be an otherwise unremarkable and (literally) friendly meeting, especially given the respectful, cordial, maybe even friendly relationship between the two head coaches.
Cesc Fàbregas managed to pick up a knee injury in the last game and was reduced to crutches for at least a couple days, so he probably won’t be fit to start. Sarri is planning on selecting an unchanged lineup otherwise, barring any further fitness or training issues, which should mean another start for 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi, greased lighting personified.
Sarri declared a public intention to win this thing — a slightly different tone from the “fun” message throughout July — and start his Chelsea career off on a good note.

Manchester City team news: Other than new signing Riyad Mahrez — it may be hard to believe, but he’s actually their record signing — famously snubbed by Germany for the World Cup Leroy Sané, and go-getter Bernardo Silva (who’s reminded everyone that he’s really good in City’s last game), Pep Guardiola has pretty much played the kids the whole preseason. As mentioned above, that’s been a bit of a necessity for him, and for most of the rest of the top six teams.
It’s anyone’s guess how City will line up, but an attacking trio of Mahrez, B.Silva, and Sané is already good enough to beat most teams. Guardiola’s bunch should continue working as a well-oiled machine, though their aging midfield core will be a concern — thus their big effort to sign an heir to 33-year-old Fernandinho, but missing out on both Jorginho and Fred (who joined Manchester United instead).

Last time: The last meeting between these two was the infamous match at the Etihad in which Antonio Conte infuriated pretty much everyone with completely passive tactics, even when behind by goal. So, instead let’s enjoy the last time we topped Pep Guardiola, a 2-1 victory on our way to the title in April 2017.

The Curse of the Community Shield?
A phenomenon noted as far back as 2005, since when plenty have pointed out that Community Shield victory is not much of an indicator of success for the forthcoming season. Only seven of its 26 winners in the Premier League era went on to be champions the following May, including a particularly inglorious period of eight clubs in a row between 1997 and 2004 who fell short in the league after lifting the Shield back in August.

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Betway Brands The Home Of Express FC

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Express FC sponsors betway have branded the entire Mutesa II stadium.

On 5 November, betway, one of the World’s top betting companies partnered with ‘mukwano Gwabangi’ and unveiled a deal worth Shs400m at Hotel Africana.  This partnership includes shirt sponsorship and Stadium naming rights, packaged with a leveraging budget as development partners for the team and management of Express FC.

“Things are happening at Wankulukuku stadium the home of Express,” Kiwanuka Kiryowa, the Express chairman tweeted.

Having dropped two points against Vipers in a game that led to the suspension of the match officials for accepting an offside goal, Kefa Kisala’s Express is expected get three points off a coach less Onduparaka.

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Struggling Villa Appoint Bamweyana Who Almost Sunk Express, Timbe And Mugerwa

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Sam Timbe (L) and Bamweyana (R)

SC VILLA interim committee have decided to change the entire technical team and appointed Douglas Bamweyana as head coach.

Bamweyana was named on the team to take over the technical duties at Villa Park. The team also had Sam Timbe Simon, Peter Mugerwa and is headed by William Nkemba. It is now a year since Douglas Bamweyena was sacked at Express during Nakiwala Kiyingi’s reign over poor results.

“The interim committee would like to inform the football fraternity that in view of the poor results the club has been posting this season so far, they have agreed to terminate Moses Basena’s contract by mutual consent. The club appreciates Mr. Basena’s efforts,” Villa interim committee said.

The official communication from Villa, further said that Mr. Bamweyana’s appointment as head coach takes immediate effect.

Who is who on this technical team?

 Sam Timbe: He is going to work as a technical director overseeing the work of Bamweyana and Mugerwa. Timbe has been jobless since partying ways with Tusker of Kenya last year.

Bamweyana: He was appointed as the head coach replacing Moses Basena, and he is expected to handle the club professionally without any excuses. Villa have not won a game this season.

Simon Mugerwa: He has a lot of experience when it comes to finding good players. He won the post primary tournament with Buddo SS but he failed to take the Masaza Cup with Buddu.

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Villa Woes Deepen – Club Coach Basena Resigns

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SC Villa Woes have deepened after coach Moses Basena resigned.

Sources told the Grapevine that Basena could not stand the pressure from Villa fans who have always been humiliating him for failing to win a league game in eight games played this season.

“Basena  had to step down and do other things but the Villa job has been very tough because the big men are not willing to inject funds into the club,” a person close to Basena told the Grapevine.

Former Cranes and SC Villa defender Nestroy  Kizito, who has been working with Basena as his assistant told The Grapevine that Basena was bitter with the Villa fans who abused him after the Tooro United draw. “We were abused and the fans told us to leave their club,” Nestroy said.

What went wrong at Villa?

It should be remembered that Villa woes started when they kicked out former president Eng. Ben Misagga.

It is alleged that when Misagga got information that he was going to be fired from the club’s presidency, he sold off all the good players and by the time Omar Mandela’s team took over, Villa had only four players left (Ambrose Kirya (Villa captain), Joseph Nsubuga, Samson Kirya and Yusuf Wasswa.

Villa fans blame Misagga for leaving the team with average players and the new leaders for buying rejects like Savio Kabugo, Habib Kavuma and Manko Kaweesa, during the transfer market.

Villa maybe in the Express dilemma of being relegated like Express last season because each game that passes the situation is worrying. Rejected players like Savio Kabugo, Habib Kavuma and Manko Kaweesa are part of the Villa team struggling in the league.

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