Wednesday afternoon may seem a strange time to play a friendly, however Manuel Pellegrini will be looking for some meaningful action ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash with Middlesbrough instead of the normal training regime.
Pellegrini will be fielding an extremely strong starting eleven for this clash in the United Arab Emirates, however his side will likely feature numerous youngsters and Sergio Aguero will make an appearance, the striker needing match time to help build his fitness.
City suffered a surprise defeat to Arsenal in their last Premier League outing and this match presents them with an opportunity to clear their heads somewhat. The reigning champions now sit five points adrift of leaders Chelsea and will be hopeful that this small break will focus their attention on the upcoming cup clash with Championship side Middlesbrough at the weekend.
Hamburg aren’t enjoying their season in the Bundesliga and currently sit fourteenth in the league table following a poor run of form. They will also be eager to gain match fitness before the Bundesliga returns to action following the winter break and this match will provide them with an opportunity to get their season up and running with a clash with Koln on the horizon.
Pellegrini’s side start this match as firm odds-on favourites at 4/6 with Boylesports, a price which reflects the likely outcome of this clash. Hamburg are up for grabs at 4/1 with Betfair, however there is a gulf in class between the two sides and City will be expected to win this friendly with relative ease.
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Our betting tips
Manchester City win with both teams scoring – 888sport 23/10
All odds were correct at time of posting.