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Bayern Munich vs Manchester City (Pre-Season Friendly): Match Preview, Predicted XI, Team News, Head to Head, How To Watch



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Manchester City continue their preparations for the new season with a friendly against Bayern Munich in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s side play their second of three pre-season friendlies in midweek, facing Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern Munich in Tokyo before travelling to South Korea to conclude their east Asia tour.

Manchester City overcame Yokohama F Marinos on Sunday, coming back from 2-0 down to beat the reigning J-League champions 5-3.

John Stones, Julian Alvarez, Rodri and Erling Haaland were all on the scoresheet for the Sky Blues, with 20-year-old Oscar Bobb also impressing during the pre-season fixture.

Manchester City begin their Premier League campaign against Burnley at Turf Moor next month, and also face Arsenal in the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 6th August.

Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Kyle Walker have all been linked with potential moves to Bayern Munich this summer, with the latter still considering whether to swap the Etihad Stadium for Bavaria – despite Manchester City offering Walker an improved contract.

Ahead of Manchester City’s second match of their pre-season tour of Asia, here is everything you need to know!

Fixture Details

Bayern Munich vs Manchester City will take place on Wednesday 26th July at 11:30 BST at the Japan National Stadium.

Team News

23 members of Pep Guardiola’s travelling squad featured against Yokohama F Marinos on Sunday, with Ederson and Kevin De Bruyne the only two players not to feature during the 5-3 win.

Ederson is in line to play against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, although the match is expected to come too soon for De Bruyne, despite the Belgian returning to training after suffering a hamstring tear in the Champions League Final.

Kyle Walker can also be expected to feature, after Pep Guardiola dismissed suggestions that the 33-year-old wouldn’t play against Bayern Munich due to ongoing transfer talks between the two clubs.

Predicted XI

Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Ake; Phillips, Kovacic, Foden; McAtee, Alvarez, Haaland.

Substitutes: Ortega, Lewis, Laporte, Gomez, Perrone, Grealish, Cancelo, Akanji, Rodri, Bernardo, Bobb, Palmer.

Head To Head

As well as previously meeting in pre-season, Manchester City and Bayern Munich have played each other eight times competitively, most recently the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals last season.

Pep Guardiola’s side were 4-1 winners over the Bundesliga giants on aggregate, after an emphatic 3-0 first-leg win at the Etihad Stadium and 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena.

How To Watch

Supporters will be able to watch Wednesday’s clash live on the City+ app, or for viewers in the United Kingdom the friendly will also be available on Recast.

For fans living elsewhere, you can find complete TV listings here.

You can also join Lewis and Jordan from the City Xtra YouTube channel live pre-match, throughout the game and post-match, along with thousands of other Manchester City fans from around the world, with the live watchalong!

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