Football season is back.

Manchester City and Chelsea will play the first competitive game of the new English season in the form of the Community Shield on Sunday.

Both teams are two of the most intriguing sides in Europe right now and are set to produce an enthralling and entertaining match-up.

The Sky Blues have unusually been quite in the summer transfer window so far, with manager Roberto Mancini expressing his frustration at the club's lack of movement and determination during the transfer break to bring in players like Robin van Persie to the Etihad Stadium.

"Van Persie is not our player. He is an Arsenal or United player," Mancini told reporters.

"These questions you should ask other people. I don't know what I can say. After three or four months... nothing."

Nonetheless, the champions still look like an organized unit with many of the players entering the prime of their respective careers.

Vincent Kompany could miss out the clash with a calf problem and Kolo Toure will likely replace the Belgium star in the starting line-up on Sunday.

The Citizens come into this game having won four of their six preseason friendlies and looking set to win their first trophy of the 2012-13 season.

Chelsea on the other hand, have been going through a transition period, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa leaving the club and promising youngsters like Marko Marin, Eden Hazard and Oscar arriving at the Bridge.

Of the three new arrivals, Marko Marin will is an injury doubt, Oscar is unavailable due to his Olympics duty with the Brazil national team and it is uncertain whether Roberto Di Matteo would play Hazard in a game that is not quite considered as an important fixture for the teams.

The Blues have been off-form lately, having lost their last three friendlies and the team clearly lacks some required 'gel' between the players.

The last time the two teams faced each other, City ran out two-one winners with Samir Nasri scoring a late winner.

With Wembley Stadium unavailable as it hosts the Olympic final the night before, Villa Park in Birmingham will be the venue for the game.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

Player to Watch: Sergio Aguero

Time: 13:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m.


Referee: Kevin Frien