Manuel Pellegrini’s side flew out of the traps with five goals in the first half and, despite three goals in six minutes from Milan, City cruised to victory 5-3 at the Allianz Arena.
The English side now face hosts Bayern Munich who, after a slow start, eventually saw off Brazilian side Sao Paolo 2-0 with two second-half goals.
Before this tournament City had looked solid in defence, beating South China and Sunderland 1-0 on their way to the Barclays Asia Trophy.
Edin Dzeko netted in both those matches, as well as two against Milan yesterday, staking a huge claim to start upfront when the Premier League kicks off later on this month. City are underdogs for the Audi Cup final though, with Bet365 pricing them at 9/2 (5.50) to win in 90 minutes.
Bayern had had a successful summer before they faced Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup last Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s men went down 4-2 to their German rivals, with Marco Reus finding the net twice to take the first trophy of the season.
Bayern also looked flat against Sao Paolo, unable to break the Brazilians down until the 55th minute, with Mario Mandzukic breaking the deadlock. Bet365 price them as favourites at 4/7 (1.57) to win the game. The same firm price the draw at 31/10 (4.10).
A bet that stands out in this match is Man City total team goals over 1.5. With Pellegrini’s men not struggling for goals and looking devastating against Milan, the price of 2/1 (3.00) with Bet365 offers tremendous value.
If you also consider Bayern conceded four against Dortmund in a recent competitive match and Guardiola's somewhat experimental approach to pre-season so far, it's tough to ignore the price on offer here.
|Manchester City total team goals over 1.5 at 2/1 (3.00) with bet365
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