Bayern Munich vs Manchester City:
Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Kick-off: 19:30 UK Time
Venue: Allianz Arena.
Pep Guardiola’s tenure at Manchester City kicks off with an emotional return to Allianz Arena as the Sky Blues take on Bayern Munich in a friendly on Wednesday evening.
It is still early days for each teams involved in Wednesday’s friendly. Each of these teams are in a similar state of transition with new managers at the helm. Pep Guardiola, who spend three years at Munich won seven trophies in the short span. Manchester City will be now hoping the tinkerman could bring a similar desire of success at the Etihad.
Carlo Ancelotti had his win as Bayern Munich manager when his side beat lower division club SV Lippstadt 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. Just like his opposite number, Ancelotti is also missing plenty of first team players due to the Copa America and European Championships. Except Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery and Julian Green, there is no known name available to him for Wednesday’s friendly. However, this will be a perfect opportunity for a number of youngsters to impress their new managers.
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City: Head-to-Head Stats
- Overall (7 matches): Bayern Munich – 7 wins, Man City – 3 wins.
- Bayern at home vs Man City (4 matches): 3 wins, 1 loss.
- The teams had previously met once in a pre-season friendly, during the Audi Cup hosted at the same venue on August 12, Bayern won it 2-1.
The most recent meeting between Manchester City and Bayern Munich was in the group stages of UEFA Champions League 2014-15 season. The Bavarians won the home leg by virtue of a 90th minute goal by Jerome Boateng.
The Citizens had their revenge back home in a similar fashion. City who scored the first goal of the through Aguero in the 22 minute went trailing at the break as Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski strike inside the last 5 minutes of the half. The Germans hold the lead until Aguero strike again in the 85th minute and then went on to converted a penalty in the 91st minute to earn his team a 3-2 victory.
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City: Prediction
Manchester City are taking the flight to Munich with a number of young talents at their side. The same can be said about Bayern’s squad and for that reason this could be considered as an exhibition match in the true sense.
At the same time I believe the game will be entertaining as both managers want to impress the fans and expect this to be a high scoring match. A high scoring draw is my prediction, which could end at 2-2 at full time.
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City: Tips
- Over 2.5 goals
- Double Chance 1/2