The highly-anticipated curtain-raiser for the start of the 2018-19 season is the hotly-contested match between Manchester City and Chelsea where football tickets will be hard to come by, despite being played at the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium.
Man City stormed to the 2017-18 Premier League title by 19 points under Pep Guardiola, with a record-breaking total of 100 points, to secure their place in the annual kick-off of the domestic football season for the country’s top sides.
Chelsea, on the other hand, narrowly defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup Final through a first-half Eden Hazard penalty to lift the trophy for an eighth time which means they’ll be challenging for a fifth FA Community Shield.
The match will take place on Sunday 5 August 2018 at the national stadium in North London with kick-off scheduled for 3PM and, as always, there is expected to be a sell-out crowd as both sets of fans roar on their teams to make the best start possible to the new campaign.
Supporters of both teams will be allocated an equal amount of tickets and if previous years are anything to go by, City and Chelsea fans will be given around 30,000 football tickets each whilst 20,000 corporate tickets will also be allocated.
Guardiola’s City are going into their 10th FA Community Shield match in search of their fifth success, the same as Chelsea, but Antonio Conte’s side will be featuring in their 13th ahead of a season where vast improvements will be expected from them after a torrid last term.
August’s appearance will be the Stamford Bridge-club’s third appearance in four years, however, they have lost their last four Community Shield matches – the previous two being against Arsenal and one a 3-2 loss to City at Villa Park in 2012.
City’s recent record in the always-anticipated match isn’t exactly great either, losing their last three outings and conceding seven goals in those game, excluding that meeting against Chelsea six years ago.
All of the top stars will be on show in the capital – N’Golo Kanté, Cesc Fàbregas, Eden Hazard for Chelsea and David Silva, Sergio Agüero, Kevin De Bruyne, who many touted as the 2017-18 Player of the Season, for City.
Therefore, the thousands of fans who make the effort to go to what is widely considered as a pointless match will definitely be getting value for money as far as the football tickets they would have purchased are concerned.
Well, you could say pointless match… It normally tends to depend on which club takes the win whether it’s called the final friendly of pre-season or the opening competitive match of the season – the latter usually coming from the mouths of the victors.
It promises to be a cracking contest between two of the country’s top clubs at the start of what should play out as an exciting season where a handful of clubs will be looking to close the gap on last term’s runaway top-flight champions.