Man City have strengthened their squad with Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips and goalkeeper Stefan Ortega joining the club, with City still in the market for a left-back following the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko. Marc Cucurella has been a priority target for Guardiola, but it appears negotiations between City and Brighton have hit a stumbling block.
City qualified for the Community Shield as the Premier League winners following their dramatic comeback against Aston Villa on the final day of last season to secure the league. As always, the Premier League winners will face the FA Cup winners, meaning City will face Liverpool after their penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in last season's competition.
Haaland is expected to lead the line for City after making his Man City debut in pre-season, whilst new signings Phillips and Julian Alvarez are also available. Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones are all doubts after not joining the pre-season tour, whilst Aymeric Laporte is guaranteed to be absent following an injury he picked up a the end of last season.
So, what will the final score be? We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for Man City against Liverpool on Saturday and this is what happened.
We used Kick-Off mode in FIFA 22, but didn't select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction. Note that as EA Sports' latest FIFA game FIFA 23 doesn't release until September, this simulation will feature old kits, but all transfers have been completed to make the simulation as realistic as possible.
We predict that Man City could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.
We predict that Liverpool could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.
City started the game faster and with more energy, with Haaland stinging the gloves of Adrian early on. It took just nine minutes for the first goal of the game to arrive, and it was Liverpool who took the lead as Darwin Nunez drilled past Ederson.
A high press from Luis Diaz on the left forced Kyle Waker into an error on the halfway line, prompting the Liverpool winger to surge down the wing. Diaz spotted Nunez peel away from Ruben Dias towards the near post and found him with a low cross, and the Uruguayan striker fizzed a first-time shot into the far corner, despite Ederson getting a hand to the ball.
Man City had a chance of their own not soon after when Haaland met Riyad Mahrez's cross inside the box, but his effort was headed straight at Adrian in goal. Despite the even affair, the Reds doubled their lead after 25 minutes following another mistake by City's backline.
This time it was Mohamed Salah who pressed high and forced Dias into giving away possession on the halfway line. The Egyptian played a give-and-go with Diaz as he charged towards goal, and as he entered the box, Salah unselfishly squared the ball to Diaz who tapped into an empty net.
City had started the game with more possession and shots than Liverpool, though poor decision-making saw them 2-0 down within the opening 30 minutes. Guardiola's side continued to look for a response, and they found it just before the break, through Bernardo Silva.
A loose pass from Ibrahim Konate saw City intercept and charge at Liverpool on the counter-attack. Kevin De Bruyne led the attack and rattled the bar with a long-range effort, but the rebound fell to Silva who volleyed his effort under Adrian to half the deficit.
The first 30 minutes of the second half saw neither team trouble each other at either end, ultimately pushing Guardiola to introduce both Phillips and Alvarez off the bench. The latter had an instant impact, playing a major part in City levelling the score.
Being deployed on the right, Alvarez's inverted run was found cleverly by De Bruyne, setting the Argentine one-on-one with the 'keeper. His drilled effort was well saved by Adrian, but the rebound fell to Haaland who blasted into the goal from one yard out.
The goal tilted the game into City's hands, with Jurgen Klopp's side looking slightly dazed and under pressure. City eventually completed the comeback and went 3-2 up in the 85th minute, with Phillips scoring one of the goals of the season in his first competitive City appearance.
Walker's attempted through ball was cut out by Joe Gomez who headed clear into midfield, but only as far as Phillips about 30 yards from goal. The ball dropped into the midfielder's path, and Phillips volleyed a fantastic curling effort over Adrian and in off the post.
Just as City looked to have won the game though, a mistimed Joao Cancelo challenge saw Liverpool awarded a penalty in the 91st minute as Salah raced through on goal. The defender slid in from behind as the last man to try and prevent the Egyptian from shooting, but Cancelo caught his leg, resulting in a red card for the Portuguese international.
Salah stepped up and drilled his shot into the roof of the net to make it 3-3, and the game went to penalties. Extraordinarily, none of the first five penalties were scored, with Liverpool missing three and City missing two.
Salah, Thiago and Roberto Firmino all hit the post, whilst De Bruyne and Halaand's efforts were both saved by Adrian. City had the chance to win it on their fifth penalty, but Adrian saved Jack Grealish's attempt as the winger attempted to chip it into the corner.
After Virgil van Dijk and Curtis Jones scored their penalties, it was down to Nathan Ake to keep City's hopes alive, but Adrian made his fourth penalty save of the shootout, winning the Community Shield for Liverpool.
Here are the full-time match stats.
FIFA 22 predicts that it could be a thrilling contest between Liverpool and Man City this weekend. This particular simulation saw Guardiola's side come from two goals behind to lead 3-2 at the King Power Stadium before conceding a late equaliser, sending the game to penalties. After both sides missed their first two penalties, the Reds went on to win 4-3, with Adrian saving Ake's decisive penalty.
What do you think the Community Shield score will be between Liverpool and Manchester City? Let us know in the comments!
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