The English Premier League is not far off and the traditional warm up match comes the weekend before the season with the FA Community Shield, the ninety-fifth edition of this prestigious event between the holders of the FA Cup and the reigning EPL champs.
This year’s version sees Arsenal v Chelsea, and with both sides expected to challenge strongly for the 2017/18 EPL title, it will be a brilliant contest at Wembley, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching live on a standard or HD TV, or streaming the match to a mobile or internet connected device with a Free trial.
2017 Community Shield EPL Preview
This year’s Community Shield sees the winner of the FA Cup, Arsenal, take on the reigning EPL champions, Chelsea, for the first piece of hardware in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. Arsenal will be striving to win their 15th Community Shield and going all square with Liverpool as the second most successful team in the match’s history, behind Manchester United (21). They won the 2014 and 2015 Community Shields and really have dominated this match since 2000.
Surprisingly, Chelsea don’t have the greatest of records in the Community Shield. Since 2000, they gave played in the match seven times, resulting in three wins, two of those via extra time, with wins coming in 2000, 2005 and 2009. Amazingly, during those games, they have scored nine goals whilst letting through thirteen.
Community Shield Live Australian TV
When: Sunday 6 August
Where: Wembley Stadium, London
Live TV: 10.30pm (ESPN, beIN 1)
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional difference. Community Shield replays shown exclusively on Monday 7 August from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (ESPN 2), and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (beIN 2)
EPL Live Streaming options and a Free Trial
There will be just one EPL match on Free to Air (SBS) each week in 2017, but Fox Sports (Foxtel) of Australia will provide up to six games per week with the inclusion of the official club channels of Chelsea, Liverpool FC and Manchester United, each airing on a twelve hour delay so you can enjoy the action in prime time, as well as some great programming blocks from Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. The English Premier League season begins on August 12.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Now’s Free live TV trial, which will also televises key AFL premiership matches and other popular sports online*, as well as offering Mobile EPL streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app
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Arsenal Players to Watch
Alexis Sanchez is an absolute star for the Gunners, but with rumours of him possibly wanting out of the club just won’t go away. He starred for Arsenal during the EPL last season, scoring 30 goals, 17 assists and five player of the month awards. His form recently has been patchy, but he is a big game performer and there is no bigger stage than Wembley.
Aaron Ramsey is a ripping midfielder and another that loves the big time. He has been central to Arsenal winning recent FA Cup titles, and was a star recently for Wales in their qualification battles for Russia 2018 against Serbia. He has won three FA Cup titles and all reports are that he is training the house down and ready to lead the Gunners to a long waiting EPL title, and this will be a great test, but don‘t look for it live on Free to Air TV in Australia.
Chelsea Players to Watch
Willian is one of the best midfielders in the world. The Brazilian gun really showed his class and brilliance last season, largely off the back of Brazil and their success in the Rio Olympics. His confidence soared and that translated to Chelsea. He is 28 years of age, so he really should be hitting his peak now, which is a scary proposition for his rivals.
Alvaro Morata is a new recruit for Chelsea. They forked out 70 Million Pounds to Real Madrid in order to get Morata, and the early indicators are that they are not getting what they paid for. He has been well off the pace in pre season hit outs, so much so that Conte has stated openly that he is physically not right. The Spain International will need to improve that big time if he wants to hold his spot because there are a host of players waiting in the wings.