The curtain rises on the English top flight season on Saturday as Manchester City and Leicester City face off at Wembley Stadium in the Community Shield. The awkward place the Shield holds, wedged between preseason match and regular season trophy, often means that it may not matter all that much for the losers but for the winners of the matchup between the FA Cup holders and Premier League champions there can be no more pleasurable way to start the campaign than with silverware.
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Leicester: There are occasions where it feels like it is not a summer at the King Power Stadium without a transfer saga involving one of their players and a Premier League rival. On this occasion it is James Maddison, the attacking midfielder who is wanted by Arsenal but priced by the Foxes at nearly $100 million. Though Leicester do not want to lose him it is notable that this year they seem far better placed to weather the loss of a big name with Maddison an important but not critical cog in Brendan Rodgers' side.
"I haven't spoken to [Maddison] on it," said the Leicester boss. "I don't need to speak around gossip and speculation. If anything ever comes to the club, [director of football] Jon Rudkin will tell me straight away and I will deal with it then.
"There's been nothing that's come my way. As far as I'm concerned, we haven't had anything for James. He's a very talented player but also in the bigger picture, you've seen it, all clubs lose players but for us it's not something we worry about."
Manchester City: On the subject of creative English midfielders, City have a new one of their own who may be in line for a first appearance on Saturday. The champions smashed their record transfer to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, a $140 million deal that makes the England international the most expensive Premier League signing of all time.
Pep Guardiola seems entranced by Grealish's versatility, noting that he could play in the left wing position he occupied for Villa or as a No. 10, central midfielder or even a striker who can excel in the years to come. City believe that the 25-year-old has his best days ahead of him and will be looking for him to light up the biggest stages. What better place to start than Wembley?
Date: Saturday, Aug. 8 | Time: 12:15 p.m. ET
Location: Wembley Stadium -- London
TV: None | Live Stream: ESPN+
Odds: Leicester +280; Draw +260; Man City -105 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
With or without Grealish City have all the quality needed to roll to a convincing victory to start the season out. Pick: Leicester 0, Man City 2