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The Audi Cup provides more pre-season practice for participating teams Atletico Madrid, Napoli, Bayern Munich and Liverpool. Premier League sides Stoke, Burnley and new comers Huddersfield also squeeze in more friendlies before the new season commences in just under two weeks’ time.
1 – Atletico Madrid V Napoli
Atletico Madrid and Napoli travel to the Allianz Area in Munich for the two-day Audi Cup competition. It will provide some much-needed practice for Atletico, their only other game since the end of last season was a goalless draw with Mexican side Toluca last week. A transfer ban has prevented them making any changes to their squad this summer, but also helped them hold on to star striker Antoine Griezmann. Napoli started their warm-up matches with a 17-0 victory over Anaunia in mid-July, before wins over Trento, Carpi and a 1-1 draw with Chievo in their latest. Atletico will provide a much tougher challenge and this looks like it will be close. Atletico Madrid home win or draw.
2 – Stuttgart V Huddersfield Town
Stuttgart topped the Bundesliga 2 last season to earn themselves promotion to the top-tier. During the break, they’ve struggled to get going and failed to win their first three friendlies in July, but have recently recorded wins over Turkish and Greek teams Kasimpasa and Asteras Tripolis. After dramatic battles in the play-offs, Huddersfield earned themselves Premier League football for the first time in their history. They’ve had wins over Accrington Stanley, Bury and Barnsley in their warm-up matches, but lost 3-2 on a trip to Germany a fortnight ago when they faced Sandhausen. Last Wednesday they lost 2-1 hosting Italian side Udinese, who had a 13th place finish in Serie A last season. Stuttgart home win.
3 – St Pauli V Stoke
St Pauli started their Bundesliga 2 campaign with a 1-0 over Bochum last Friday, but they’ll host Stoke for a friendly before their next league game in a week’s time. The two have met before for a friendly back in 2009, St Pauli were on hosting duty again and won 3-1. The home team have momentum for this encounter, they’re unbeaten in fifteen games and won all six of their friendlies in July. Since Stoke’s 13th place finish in the Premier League last season they’ve won three of their six pre-season friendlies, but lost visits to Monaco 4-2 and Sheffield Utd 2-1. St Pauli home win.
4 – Borussia Dortmund V Atalanta
Dortmund were unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga last season but had to settle for 3rd place, three points shy of runners-up RB Leipzig and eighteen off champions Bayern Munich. They have two wins, two defeats and a draw from their five friendlies last month. They lost the most recent 1-0 hosting Espanyol on Friday after conceding in the 80th minute. Atalanta had their most successful season ever last term, finishing 4th in Serie A with 72 points. They’ve won all three of their pre-season friendlies including a 15-0 win over Brusaporto and a 1-0 win over Lille in the latest. They should give Dortmund a decent game. Draw.
5 – Burnley V Celta De Vigo
Burnley got dangerously close to the relegation zone last season but on their own patch they were one of the tougher sides to break down and conceded twenty goals at Turf Moor, fewer than any of the teams outside the top eight. They’ve won three and drawn one of their four pre-season friendlies and all came on the road, confidence should be high back on their home turf. Celta Vigo only won four of their nineteen league away matches last season and were beaten 2-1 visiting Championship side Brentford on Saturday. Burnley home win.
6 – Bayern Munich V Liverpool
Bayern Munich’s pre-season friendlies have not been great. After a 1-1 draw they lost on penalties against Arsenal in their first game of the International Champions Cup and followed that with a 4-0 defeat from AC Milan. A 3-2 win over Chelsea was their only success in the tournament as they lost their final game 2-0 to Inter Milan last Thursday. Liverpool have enjoyed their pre-season fixtures with five wins and a draw from their six games so far. New signings Dominic Solanke and Mohamed Salah have both been finding the net, they each contributed to the Reds 3-0 win over Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin on Saturday. However, Bayern Munich at home is always a daunting prospect. Liverpool will likely get on the score sheet, but it may not be enough. Bayern Munich home win or draw.