The faithful will be hoping to get their first glance of £100m midfielder Jack Grealish, who completed his move to City in time to be considered for the opening match of the season. City will no doubt be favourites against FA Cup winners Leicester, but how have City fared in this match in the past?
Saturday’s match will be City’s 13th appearance in the Community Shield, and the blues previous 12 matches reveal an even split between wins and losses.
City’s first curtain raiser came in November 1934, when FA Cup winners City faced Arsenal and were promptly trounced 4-0 by the Gunners in front of a crowd of almost 11,000 at Highbury. Three years later, league champions City secured their first charity shield (as it was then) win when they beat Sunderland 2-0 at Maine Road.
It took City another 19 years to make their next appearance and, after winning the 1955/56 FA Cup, the blues faced champions United at Maine Road and lost 1-0. In August 1968, champions City claimed the shield by beating West Brom 6-1 at Maine Road.
After winning the FA Cup against Leicester in 1969, the blues squared off against champions Leeds United at Elland Road, and were undone by two goals in three minutes as the White Rose side beat the blues 2-1. City took part in a rather unusual Charity Shield match in 1972. Although Derby County had won the league and Leeds the FA Cup, both declined to take part and City, who had finished fourth in Division One, were invited to take part against Third Division champions Aston Villa at Villa Park. The blues won 1-0 thanks to a Francis Lee penalty.
A year later, a similar scenario happened when Liverpool and Sunderland declined to take part and the blues, as the current holders, took on Second Division champions Burnley at Turf Moor, with the Clarets running out 1-0 winners.
City didn’t take part in the shield again until 2011. By this point, Wembley was now hosting the curtain raiser and by winning the FA Cup under Roberto Mancini, City faced champions United and lead 2-0 at half-time. United though came back strongly in the second half and won the match 3-2.
The blues returned a year later as champions, taking on cup winners Chelsea at Villa Park and running out 3-2 winners, thanks to 3 goals in 12 second half minutes. Two years later, City faced cup winners Arsenal and Manuel Pellegrini’s men were soundly beaten 3-0 at Wembley.
The 96th Community Shield featured Pep Guardiola’s champions against Chelsea, with City winning 2-0, and the blues returned a year later to face league runners up Liverpool. The blues had completed the first ever domestic treble by an English side and, after the match ended 1-1, beat the Merseysiders 5-4 on penalties.
City and Leicester will contest the 99th shield on Saturday, but who will run out winners, and will victory for City spark a league run that will see them appear in the 100th match next August?