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Kitchee SC vs Manchester City, Club Friendly: Team News, Preview and Prediction

Manchester City Continue Their 2019 Preseason Tour in Hong Kong

Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League Asia Trophy Final Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

Competition/Round: Club Friendly

Date/Time: Kitchee SC vs Manchester City – Wednesday, 24 July 2019, 13:00 GMT (UK); 08:00 EST, 05:00 PST (USA)

Venue: Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

Match Officials:

Referee: Ho Wai Sing

TV Info: N/A

Live Stream: N/A

Radio: N/A

Preview:

After a disappointing result in the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy Final, Manchester City travel to Hong Kong to face Kitchee SC. This will be City’s third match of four club friendlies whilst on tour in Asia this summer.

Team News:

Following a disappointing 2018/19 season, Kitchee SC sacked manager Chu Chi Kwong. Days later, the Bluewaves appointed Blaž Slišković as their new manager. Having finished fourth in the Hong Kong Premier League last season, Slišković will look to help his side to this season’s league title.

Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola excelled last season as his side became the first English men’s team to win the domestic treble. He will use the 2019 pre-season to experiment with his squad as he looks for ways to improve this remarkable team.

Possible Lineups:

Kitchee SC

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Guo; Tong, Hélio, Li, Cancela; Vadócz, Huang; Cheng, Law, Fernando; Silva

Manager: Blaž Slišković

Manchester City

Formation: 4-3-3

Bravo; Danilo, Harwood-Bellis, Laporte, Angeliño; Doyle, Rodri, D. Silva; Sterling, Nmecha, Sané

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Prediction:

Having finished fourth in the 2018/19 Hong Kong Premier League last season, the Bluewaves have been away on holiday since early May 2019. This club friendly match against Manchester City will be their first outing in nearly three months, thus it is predicted they will be a little rusty on the pitch.

Meanwhile, this will be Manchester City’s third preseason match in two weeks, thus the men’s senior team is returning to full match fitness. The Sky Blues will be disappointed not to have won the Premier League Asia Trophy over the weekend, and as a result they will look to bounce back from this performance.

Expect Manchester City to bounce back in this match.

Kitchee SC 1-3 Manchester City