Bayern Munich vs MLS All-Stars

Date: August 6, 2014
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
Kick-off Time: 2:30 am BST (next day)

Bayern Munich play the second game of their American tour when they face an MLS All-Star team in Portland on Wednesday night.

Bayern Munich’s Form

W-W-W(D)-D

Defending Bundesliga and German Cup champions, Bayern will be approaching the season with confidence, especially given that a number of their players savoured a historic triumph at the recent World Cup in Brazil. A second treble in three years will be the goal after the stunning 2012/13 season was not quite replicated last term.

They have not set the world alight in recent friendlies but manager Pep Guardiola will be more interested in getting his players fit for the upcoming season.

MLS All-Stars’s Form

There is not much to speak of in the way of form for the MLS All-Stars team, given that they are a collection of players rather than a team. Last year’s match was lost 3-1 to AS Roma, while sole goalscorer Omar Gonzalez has withdrawn from the roster this time due to injury.

Key Players/Team News

Bayern Munich

The World Cup heroes could play a part on Wednesday night, although they are not expected to feature for long.

Young American Julian Green could well make an appearance, while Claudio Pizarro should get another run out following his game winning goal against Guadalajara.

MLS All-Stars

There are some well-known players turning out for the MLS team, with France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry unarguably the biggest name.

The likes of Tim Cahill, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are also dangerous and will be keen to make an impact against the European giants. Coach Caleb Porter, however, will be aware of the need to send players back to their clubs in good nick.

Betting Advice

Despite the MLS All-Star team boasting some big names, it is hard to see beyond a Bayern Munich win. Even allowing for the fact that Bayern will be far from full strength, they should have too much for their opponents at 2/7 (bet365). Register for your free account with bet365 and you will also get a £200 bonus on the sign-up.

The MLS All-Stars are a distant second at 15/2 with Ladbrokes to win it, and they are offering just 1/4 for more than 2.5 goals to be scored in the game.