The seasonal curtain-raiser, which is the FA Community Shield, is scheduled to be played this Sunday, ahead of the start of the new English Premier League season on August 11.
Manchester City, the winner of the last Premier League season, and Chelsea, the winner of the 2017-18 FA Cup, are set to face off at the Wembley Stadium in what is a 19:30 IST kick-off on Sunday (August 5).
Though the two teams are unlikely to field their first-choice personnel in the Community Shield, with most of the stars back in training only this week, this fixture is likely to be a little more competitive than the pre-season fixtures so far in the United States (for City) and Australia and Singapore (for Chelsea).
That said, how can football fans in India watch the FA Community Shield 2018?
FA Community Shield broadcast in India
Fans in India can catch the match on Sony Ten 2 HD and Ten 2 channels on Sunday evening. The coverage starts at 18:30 IST with a pre-match show, while the kick-off is at 19:30 IST.
Sony Pictures Network of channels broadcast the 2017 edition of the FA Community Shield as well.
Why is the FA Community Shield played?
The funds generated from this fixture get distributed to the community-based initiatives and charities in the country.