Man Utd v Borussia Dortmund – Shanghai Stadium at 13:00 live on MUTV
This Friday see’s the first match of this years International Champions Cup, as Man Utd face Borussia Dortmund at the Shanghai Stadium in China. It is the fourth edition of the pre-season friendly tournament with this being the second time it’s held across 4 continents.
United won the competition 2 years ago when it was played in one continent, but will battle it out along with Dortmund and Manchester City to become the top side in the Chinese bracket of the tournament this year.
The Red Devils, under the new management of Jose Mourinho, come into this match on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic. This will be the former Chelsea boss’ first high profile fixture as Utd manager and should give him a good test.
Much has been spoken about Mourinho’s defensive, possession based style as well as the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the self proclaimed ‘God of Manchester’, and the position Wayne Rooney will play under the new boss.
United have been busy bringing in some new players in the close season, including former Dortmund Henrikh Mkhitarya who featured in the first half against Wigan before being replaced by Juan Mata. I would expect a few more signing before the beginning of the Premier League season in what is a another transitional period for Man Utd, but under Jose Mourinho and his record at clubs in his first season in charge, there will be a lot of pressure on the team.
Borussia Dortmund had a good season last year, finishing runners up int he Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich but like United are in something of a transitional period after losing some of their key players. Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all left the club, but coach Thomas Tuchel has already brought in 8 players including Sebastian Rode, Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembele, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Raphael Guerreiro.
Dortmund come into this match having won 3 of their last 4 friendlies but lost in their last outing, 1-0 to 1860 Munchen.
United have lost just once in their last 5 outings against German opposition and Dortmund have lost twice from their last five against English sides, the last one a dramatic Europa League 2nd leg at Anfield earlier this year.
As always with friendlies, it’s a difficult one to call but I think their is some value on the Asian line goals market. We all know Jose Mourinho’s defensive style he has adopted with his previous clubs, most notably Chelsea, and I don’t see him doing anything too different with United.
Also, there should be a lot of changes throughout this match which will upset the temp so I’m expecting the defences to come out on top. Under 2.75 goals looks to be a good value bet at 1.95, as does Under 2.5 goals at 2.18.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.75 goals at 1.95
Prices correct at time of writing.
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