Melbourne City vs Manchester City
|Date & Time||Saturday July 18, 2015, 3:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Manchester City 1/3 Draw 15/4 Melbourne City 7/1
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A meeting of two of the teams owned by the City group will see Manchester City take on Melbourne City at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Raheem Sterling has already flown out to join his new Manchester City teammates for pre season but this game comes too soon for the former Liverpool player to make his debut according to manager Manuel Pelligrini who believes City's games against Roma and Real Madrid represent better opportunities to give Sterling his debut. Manchester City's superstars all got half a game in their first pre season game a win against Toronto and I expect all twenty two to get a game again on Saturday morning. Look for Pelligrini to tinker with the line ups possibly pairing aguero with Silva, Dzeko and nasri on Saturday as they look to get some rhytm moving into the season ahead.
Melbourne City struggled majorly last year and in particular struggled to score goals with Mooy the young australian midfielder top scorer with just seven goals. The team will look for more from Brown and Williams up front but having lost Damien Duff in the off season Melbourne are struggling for real quality up front. Melbourne had a look at what real attacking quality looked like when David Villa joined for four games scoring two goals. The Australians would love to have someone of that quality on the books now facing this tough task against one of the best teams in the world.
Looking at this one on paper and Manchester City look a little big at 1/3. Manchester City are much much better than Melbourne and while the Australians will no doubt lift their game for this one I cant see them getting close to a Manchester City team that has bundles of star power. Taking Manchester City -1 here on a bigger play than I would normally make with friendlies, remember this is still a game in which Pelligrini will probably use twenty or more players. Still this price and the gap in quality between the teams makes it a play worth taking.