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Monday, 22 October, 2018

Man City ease to Community Shield success against Chelsea at Wembley

Sergio Aguero at the double for Premier League champions

Man City celebrate winning the Community Shield
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Manchester City are 4-6 from 8-11 to retain the Premier League title as the champions highlighted their class with an easy 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea at Wembley.

Pep Guardiola was rewarded for naming a strong side with Sergio Aguero scoring once in each half, and City could have been victorious by an even greater margin in a one-sided contest.

Aguero looked sharp in front of goal and is 8-1 from 9-1 with bet365 to win the Premier League Golden Boot award with Gabriel Jesus, who came off the bench to take up a wide position, pushed out to 14-1.

Chelsea, who are 8-11 with Betfred and Sky Bet to finish in the Premier League's top four this season and a general 14-1 to reclaim the title, looked like a side still trying to find their style under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues will also improve once their late-finishing World Cup stars, including Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante, return from their extended break but Sarri clearly has much work to do to replicate the methods he used at Napoli with the Chelsea squad. 

Sarri struggled but there were no opening-day blues for Marcelo Bielsa as his Leeds reign started with a bang in a 3-1 triumph over Stoke.

The Elland Road faithful were delirious at half-time as Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez put Leeds 2-0 up before Benik Afobe's penalty early in the second half gave Stoke hope of launching a comeback.

However, that brief belief quickly evaporated as Liam Cooper restored United's two-goal advantage in an impressive Leeds performance. 

Leeds have been cut to 7-2 for promotion while ante-post favourites Stoke have drifted to 7-4.


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Sarri struggled but there were no opening-day blues for Marcelo Bielsa as his Leeds reign started with a bang
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