Premier League champions Manchester City welcome Championship promotion hopefuls Barnsley to The Etihad for a pre-season friendly at 6pm on Sunday the 1st of August 2021.
Premier League champions Manchester City, who were within touching distance of the Champions League trophy as well, have only played one official pre-season friendly so far this summer with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Championship side Preston North End.
This match against Barnsley will be City’s only other pre-season friendly, as they also have to play FA Cup winners Leicester City in the FA Community Shield before the start of the Premier League season where they face Tottenham Hotspur away on the first day of the campaign.
Barnsley have played three games so far this summer, all of which they have won, with a 2-1 away win against Rochdale, a 2-0 home win against Sheffield Wednesday, and an 8-0 thrashing away at non-league Hemsworth.
Barnsley’s trip to The Etihad will be the final test of their pre-season campaign before they travel to Wales to face Cardiff City on the opening day of the Championship season a week later.
Manchester City and Barnsley have not played each other much over the years due to their league differences. The last time they played each other was in the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2013 where Manchester City won 5-0 with a hat-trick from Carlos Tevez.
Manchester City v Barnsley Teams
Given that this is a friendly match with the competitive season just around the corner, it’s difficult to predict how each team’s starting lineup will look when this game begins.
Pep Guardiola is never one for fielding a weakened team against lesser opposition, however, when he has such a strong second team in his arsenal, it’s difficult to ever call it a weakened team even if the players are not necessarily his first choice.
Man City have yet to complete any transfers during this window so will not have to test any new partnerships just yet, although there’s no guarantee that they won’t have plucked Jack Grealish or Harry Kane from their current squads before the start of this match.
Markus Schopp has yet to make any signings or sell on any players this transfer window either, although they have made an enquiry about former Manchester City player Mario Balotelli after his contract expired at Brescia. But as it stands, the Barnsley team will likely look very familiar to The Tykes fans when this game kicks off.
Odds For Manchester City v Barnsley
Usually, in pre-season friendly matches, it’s hard to tell who’s going to come out on top as there as so many variables at play. However, when Manchester City are involved, it’s never easy to imagine anything but a City victory.
Of course, Barnsley will do everything within their power to change that, but they also won’t be willing to risk going too hard for the sake of a pre-season friendly win.
The odds themselves for this game won’t be released until much closer to the event, but we’re probably like to see the odds in favour of a Sky Blues victory on this occasion.
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