Bayern Munich V AC Milan
Bayern Munich face off against another of Europe’s leading clubs AC Milan.
It’s another high-profile clash as this time German champions Bayern Munich face off against another of Europe’s leading clubs AC Milan, although Milan have been rather in the doldrums in recent years, but this could all be set to change as the club have recently been taken over by a Chinese consortium and have been on a bit of a recruitment spree this summer so far.
So this match will be taking place in the Shenzhen University Sports Centre, also known as the Longgang Stadium and a very high-profile game it is too with two of Europe’s giants facing off against each other, and there will be a number of new signings on show. Milan, as I said, have been splashing the cash so far this summer. The most high-profile signing so far has been Leonardo Bonucci, the former Juventus centre half who was last seen turning out in the Champions League final, has arrived for big money and that really is a symbol of Milan’s statement of intent for the new season. He has been joined by, among others, Andre Silva, Lucas Biglia, Ricardo Rodriguez and Franck Kessie. And of course the problem for Vincenzo Montella, the Milan coach, is how is he going to integrate all of these players effectively into a new system. That could take time of course, and indeed Milan’s 3-1 defeat against Dortmund in their pre-season friendly just a couple of days ago is probably indicative of the issues that will afflict the Rossoneri at the start of this season.
Bayern on the other hand have a relatively settled team, although in saying that a lot of the old guard have retired, the likes of Xabi Alonso of course hanging up his boots after a long and distinguished career. So Bayern’s priority this summer has been youth, and indeed in bringing in Corentin Tolisso from Lyon, Niklas Süle, and of course James Rodriguez who has arrived from Real Madrid on a two-year loan deal, signify the youthful approach Bayern have taken in the transfer market this summer. But a lot of their established players remain and this could be an advantage moving into this game as they won’t be required to make as many changes as their Italian counterparts
But in saying that, this is a pre-season game so both coaches will be expected to make a number of changes and that’s why the markets such as Antytime Goalscorer are really difficult to predict so we are going to stay away from that today.
Instead let’s take a look at the result. Bayern Munich , although they were eventually defeated by Arsenal on penalties a couple of days ago, actually put in a pretty solid performance against the Gunners. They had a fast start, and were only pegged back in the last few minutes. So going for a Bayern win is not really going to get you particularly high odds anywhere, although the best on offer currently are 1.56 with 10bet.
What might be more interesting is if you look at going Bayern Munch Half-time and Bayern Munich Full-time. The odds here…bet365 probably have the best on the market with 2.30. As I said Bayern made a fast start against Arsenal, factor in that Milan were 2-0 down after 20 minutes against German opposition in Borussia Dortmund just a couple of days ago too, so Bayern half-time and Bayern full-time , once again 2.30 with bet365
Going over 2.5 goals looks smart too– these two teams played out a 3-3 draw in pre-season last year. The odds aren’t very spectacular here – the best offered are 1.40, that’s with a lot of different bookmakers.
So, enjoy the game and I’ll be back soon with some predictions on the International Champions Cup. Enjoy the big game here in China and I’ll speak to you again soon.