Two Premier League teams meet in a pre-season friendly in China on Friday as Manchester City and Arsenal go head to head with Paddy Power reporting plenty of interest from punters in their free bets offer on any pre season friendly.
Although it is a game that means nothing in terms of points or league positions, it is still a chance for both teams to get a psychological advantage over each other for the new campaign.
Looking at Manchester City to begin with, they will of course looking to retain their Premier League title this season. In order to do this, they will want hit the ground running and go into their opening day match against Southampton in good form.
It will be a good test for Roberto Mancini’s men after they have improved as pre-season has gone on so far- losing, drawing and then winning their first three encounters.
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The Citizens will be looking to add to their squad this summer and this will be a good opportunity for Mancini to see where he may need to strengthen.
As for Arsenal, their main objective for the season will be to secure Champions League football again.
That said though, Arsene Wenger will be hopeful that his men can make more of a challenge for the title.
The Gunners have had the Robin Van Persie saga looming over them in the closed season and he has not travelled on this tour.
It looks as though the Dutchman is on his way and it is now time for the new men Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud to show what they can do.
With this being against the current champions of England, it is an extremely tough test for Wenger’s side but it is one they should be relishing.
This match may not be like any other pre-season friendly as both fans and players will want to be victorious against their Premier League rivals.
It all gets underway from 1pm on Friday.