Pep Guardiola will face his former club Bayern Munich when Manchester City take on the Bundesliga champions at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin for a pre-season friendly on Sunday, with kickoff at 2 am.
Bayern Munich kicked off their pre-season preparations with a 6-2 victory over DC United. They were without star striker Robert Lewandowski, who has joined Barcelona, but new signings Sadio Mane and Matthijs de Ligt scored on their debuts for the Bavarian outfit.
Thomas Muller and Marcel Sabitzer also found the net as summer signings Joshua Zirkzee and Serge Gnabry got on the scoresheet in Washington. Summer signing Sadio Mane impressed Nagelsmann: “Everybody needed to try to get into a rhythm again because it was our first game since May,” he said after the match.
Bayern is now set to face a much sterner test against Premier League champions Manchester City, who beat Bayern 2-0 in last season’s International Champions Cup friendly tournament.
Manchester City began their U.S. tour with a 2-1 victory over Club America on Thursday, with Kevin De Bruyne starring in his captain’s armband. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus are the notable departures to Chelsea and Arsenal, respectively, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is on the verge of joining Arsenal.
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City Head to Head
Both sides have eight games against each other, each taking four wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- DC United 2-6 Bayern Munich
- Wolfsburg 2-2 Bayern Munich
- Bayern Munich 2-2 Stuttgart
- Mainz 05 3-2 Bayern Munich
- Manchester City 2-1 Club America
- Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa
- West Ham 2-2 Man City
- Wolves 1-5 Man City
Bayern Munich Team News
Both teams will name strong sides for the game, although rotation is expected. New signings Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch featured in Bayern Munich’s pre-season friendly against DC United, and the quartet are expected to play against Chelsea on Sunday.
Manchester City Team News
The Citizens will be hoping to keep up their momentum after making a winning start to the new season, which could see Castro and Nmecha handed debuts at Swansea. Ederson, Laporte and Otamendi will also be looking to keep their places in the starting XI for Guardiola’s side.
Prediction and Odds
Both clubs will be aiming to win this match, but we expect Manchester City to come out on top, with new signing Haaland likely to score in his debut.
- Away Win
- Both Teams to Score
- Haaland to Score