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The Fiver | Don’t, whatever you do, win the Community Shield

In today’s Fiver: Chelsea, Yeovil’s bleak start and pre-season friendly woe

How do you guarantee your team wins the Premier League? Sadly other than amassing more points than anyone else there are no hard and fast rules, but there is one that has at least worked as a guide for each of the last six seasons – and in today’s rapidly changing world there’s no point looking further back than that. The rule is this: don’t, whatever you do, win the Community Shield. Although the game only features the very best and most successful teams in the land – and, occasionally, Wigan – since Manchester United in 2010 not one has won the traditional English curtain-raiser and then swept to league glory.

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