REPORT: Leeds United or West Bromwich Albion to Contest Liverpool in Community Shield

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Claudio Bravo of Manchester City celebrates with the trophy and his team after the FA Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on August 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

The showpiece final at Wembley is normally the fixture to precede the beginning of the league campaign.

REPORT: Leeds United or West Bromwich Albion to Contest Liverpool in Community Shield

Championship Victor to Take on Reds

Leeds United or West Brom could face Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley, according to reports.

The fixture precedes the beginning of the league campaign and is contested by the Premier League and FA Cup winners.

However, a fixture pile-up means that the traditional season opener will have to be changed slightly.

As a result of European competitions, whoever wins the FA Cup may miss out on the Community Shield.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all currently in the Europa League or Champions League.

With these competitions not to be finished until August, it raises doubt over the Community Shield.

Arsenal completes the set of four teams in the FA Cup semi-finals; however, they have already been knocked out of Europe.

United look set to progress to the next round, while City have a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid in the last-16 stage.

Chelsea look likely to get eliminated from the competition.

Should United and City progress, they will participate in mini-tournaments held in Lisbon.

The finals will then be held on the weekend of August 21-23, therefore clashing with a possible Charity Shield fixture on the 23rd.

Top-flight clubs are yet to determine when the new season will begin, but August 22 or September 12 are the proposed dates.

According to The Times, the FA may look towards the winners of the Sky Bet Championship to take on Liverpool.

West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United have been swapping top spot for most of this season.

The Whites are currently in pole position after beating Stoke City 5-0 at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side leads West Brom by just one point.

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