Coach Pep Guardiola side will be banking on current form to get past the Spaniards in the Uli Hoeness Cup
Barcelona will be starting their pre-season campaign with a trip to Munich where they will battle reigning European Champions, Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Both sides last met in the Champions League where the Catalan giants were handed a 3-0 defeat at the Camp Nou.
Pep Guardiola will be leading his red-hot men against his former employers on Wednesday. The German outfit so far boasts of six pre-season matches under their belt, emerging victorious in all plus a staggering 35 goals to show for it.
Not minding this enviable record, this game will definitely be the toughest challenge for Guardiola's men, and are favorites according to Ladbrokes to defeat a Barcelona team without the presence of their big names like Xavi, Iniesta and captain Puyol at an available odds of 8/15 (1.53).
Barcelona are underdogs to win in Munich at long odds of 7/2 (4.5). It will be recalled that their last visit to the Allianz Arena ended in a 4-0 thumping in the hands of the host. The draw is a 3/1 (4.00) play witrh the same bookie, Ladbrokes.
Although Gerardo Martino has been named as the Blaugrana’s new manager following the exit of Tito Vilanova who few days ago stepped down owing to cancer, the Spaniards will go into this tie with no permanent coach as the duo of Jordi Roura and Rubi will be in charge- their last as interim managers.
Argentine forward Lionel Messi is rated at 4/1 (5.00) to open the flood gates of goals in the encounter, while the hosts are expected to get the curtain raiser through Mario Mandzukic 9/2 (5.5) and Claudio Pizzaro who is a 6/1 (7.00) shot.
For punters seeking for a value bet, they should back both teams to score at 4/7 (1.57), a bet that has paid in both teams' recent outings.