August is the most anticipated summer month by football fans, as all the important tournaments resume in the second half of the month. Punters and football aficionados alike are in for a treat on Sunday, as two amazing games are scheduled on August 4. Liverpool and Manchester City played the first match at 3 PM UK time as they meet once again in the Community Shield Final. Later in the day, Porto and Sporting Lisbon reignite an old rivalry, as they compete for the Portuguese Super Cup.
Liverpool Seeks First Victory in Two Weeks
Liverpool players were quite busy in July, as the team has played many friendly games with top opponents. The campaign began on a promising note, but things quickly took a turn for the worse as they lost three of the last four matches. What is particularly worrisome ahead of this match is that they have allowed an average of 2.5 goals per game, while scoring one. On the bright side, the Champions League winners have no injury concerns and can field the best starting formation.
Manchester City have played just two friendly matches in July and won both of them against much weaker teams. This is the first serious test for the Premier League reigning champions, but bet365 Sports expect them to be up for the challenge. A victory for Manchester City is priced at even odds, while those who bet on Liverpool will win four times the investment. The matches played by these two teams have always been tight, so odds of 5/2 on the match to end undecided are also worth considering.
A Consolation Prize for Sporting Lisbon
Sporting Lisbon finished in the third-place last season, far behind Porto and Benfica. Winning the Portuguese Super Cup should reignite their hopes for the upcoming season, especially with the match being played against their bitter rivals. Nobody will have home pitch advantage because the match is played in southern Portugal, near the city of Faro. Benfica tends to perform better on the road, so the odds of 13/10 offered by Winner Sports are fully justified.
Benfica has completed its ICC campaign after winning all three matches and they have all their players fit and in form. Sporting Lisbon were unable to pick a single victory in the five friendly games played so far, while conceding a high number of goals. They allowed opponents to score twice in each of these five matches, losing two and enjoying the remaining three. The match begins at 9 PM UK time and punters who are bold enough to bet on Sporting Lisbon will cash in on odds of 23/10 if their favorites win.