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Manchester City vs. Liverpool: Where to Watch Community Shield, Live Stream, Team News and Odds

Less than three months have passed since Manchester City edged out Liverpool at the end of one the tightest Premier League races in years. On Sunday, the two sides meet again in the Community Shield, the traditional curtain raiser of the English soccer season.

With City adding the FA Cup and the League Cup to the Premier League title, the honor of taking on the defending champions falls to Liverpool, who finished runners-up in the league in May.

Whether Liverpool has managed to close the gap with City or whether Pep Guardiola's men have done enough in the summer to widen it remains to be seen, although the latter seems more plausible.

City has signed Rodri from Atletico Madrid for a club record fee, further bolstering an already talented midfield, but the loss of Vincent Kompany is expected to be sorely felt.

The Belgian was a pivotal figure in City's transformation from also-ran into a Premier League force and his influence will be missed both in the locker room and on the field.

Meanwhile, Dutch teenager Sepp van den Berg is Liverpool's only signing of the summer. While the Reds have been quiet in the market, its players have been busy on the pitch, with Roberto Firmino and Alisson helping Brazil to win the Copa America and Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane involved in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Sunday.

Manchester City, Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero (R) shoots to score the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 3 Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

When and where is the game?

As is tradition, Wembley Stadium will host the Community Shield with kick-off scheduled for 2 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) on Sunday, August 4.

This is the first Community Shield played between the teams, who have only met each other at Wembley Stadium once before, with City winning 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the 2016 League Cup final.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

Live stream

Live stream will be available via ESPN digital platforms as well as via WatchESPN.

Form

Liverpool's win against Olympique Lyon on Wednesday was the first time Jurgen Klopp's men tasted victory since July 14. The reigning Champions League champions lost two of their three games in the U.S. and drew the other, before coming back to Britain where they lost 3-0 to Napoli.

Klopp has insisted his side shouldn't be judged on preseason friendlies, but it would be very hard to classify Liverpool's summer as successful.

City, on the other hand, has racked up easy wins on its tour in Asia, beating Kitchee 6-1 and Yokohama FM 3-1. At the same time, given the caliber of the opponents it is difficult to gauge where City are at this stage.

After all, Pep Guardiola's men failed to score in the only preseason friendly against a Premier League club, drawing 0-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers before losing on penalties.

Team news

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah did not join the tour in the U.S. due to their involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations. Similarly, Alisson and Roberto Firmino have been given an extended break after helping Brazil win a first Copa America in 12 years earlier this month.

The quartet are unlikely to feature on Sunday but James Milner, Virgil Van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson are all expected to be involved.

City was pretty much at full strength during its tour of Asia and Pep Guardiola has no injury concerns for Sunday. Record club signing Rodri could make his competitive debut after joining from Atletico Madrid this summer.

Odds

According to Oddsportal, City is a 23/25 favorite, while Liverpool is a 72/25 outsider and the draw is at 139/50.

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