Community Shield Betting
Although the Community Shield is basically a pre season friendly, it does attract of lot of betting offers from the bookmakers.
By the time the Community Shield comes around, punters have had to endure a good few weeks of no serious football activity or betting, so the Shield is the signal that the serious stuff is about to start again, and really gets the juices flowing.
In football betting terms, the match gets treated like a serious fixture. All the usual markets are available and the bookmakers roll out all the new account promotions, and all the usual offers for existing customers.
About The Community Shield
For anybody new to the Community Shield fixture, the match is the annual curtain raiser of English football when the previous season’s English Premier league winners, take on the previous season’s FA Cup winners, in a one-off match.
It is really a glorified friendly fixture, although it generally is a competitive fixture, although I do believe that is because it is played less than seven days before the start of the Premier League, and the players are all but up too full playing speed.
From it’s first match in 1908, up until 2002, the match was known as the Charity Shield. From the 2003 season onwards, the match adopted the new name of the Community Shield, of which it is still known today.
The match was first played back in 1908, when Manchester United played Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge, drawing 1-1.
The match was replayed 4 months later – again at Stamford Bridge – with United winning this fixture 4-0 (back then, Manchester United were football League champions, and QPR were Southern League champions). To date, this is the only time the match has even been replayed.
These days, if the match is a draw on 90 minutes, the Shield is immediately decided on penalties (no extra-time). The Community Shield is not really regarded as a major trophy.