Kick-off: 0000, 26/07/2018
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Bayern Munich warmed up for their trip to the USA by beating PSG 3-1 in Klagenfurt on Saturday and can build on that with a win over Juventus in Philadelphia.
The Old Lady will not yet be able to call on major new recruit Cristiano Ronaldo as they also begin life without Gianluigi Buffon.
We’re on the German giants to prevail at 7/5 as our opening Juventus vs Bayern Munich prediction.
A Look At Juventus’ Betting Odds
Juventus finished strongly to secure a seventh straight Serie A title last term but that has been overshadowed by a summer shake-up.
Buffon has moved on after 17 years between the posts and actually featured for new club PSG against Bayern over the weekend.
Ronaldo’s arrival has been delayed as he recovers from representing Portugal at the World Cup, while Brazilian winger Douglas Costa and Argentina ace Paulo Dybala are also absent.
Midfield playmaker Miralem Pjanic does make the trip, along with defensive stalwart Giorgio Chiellini, who scored in an opening 2-1 loss to Barcelona at this tournament 12 months ago.
A Look At Bayern Munich’s Betting Odds
Bayern will be without their World Cup players too, as well as Arturo Vidal, who is recovering from knee surgery.
However, Niko Kovac can call on some star names, including Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, David Alaba and Javi Martinez.
The last-named player got the ball rolling against PSG, assisted by Robben, before former Swansea flop Renato Sanches reminded everyone of his ability with a fine free-kick.
“He’s been going full throttle these last three weeks,” said Bayern coach Kovac of Sanches on the Bundesliga website.
“I’m delighted he played so well and scored such a wonderful free-kick. He certainly hasn’t forgotten how to play football.”
FC Hollywood will be keen to make an impression in America after appearing in the China edition of this event last year.
We’re rounding off our Juventus vs Bayern Munich betting tips by taking 29/10 for the German side to win and both teams to score.
JUVENTUS 2-1 Verona – Daniele Rugani, Miralem Pjanic
BAYERN MUNICH 3-1 PSG – Javi Martinez, Renato Sanches, Joshua Zirkzee
Head-to-head: Bayern 4-2 Juventus, Juventus 2-2 Bayern, Juventus 0-2 Bayern, Bayern 2-0 Juventus, Juventus 1-4 Bayern, Bayern 0-0 Juventus
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