Manchester City will host EFL Championship side Blackpool in an all-English club friendly on Tuesday evening.
The Premier League champions come into the game on the back of a convincing 4-0 victory over another English side, Barnsley, in a friendly on Saturday.
A relatively strong City side picked up the victory, with Samuel Edozie, Benjamin Knight and Riyad Mahrez scoring before halftime while Cole Palmer missed a first-half penalty.
Blackpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Morecambe on the same day. Wes McDonald and CJ Hamilton scored in each half to ensure the sides shared the spoils.
This will be the two sides’ last pre-season friendly before they get back to competitive action.
Manchester City will trade tackles with FA Cup holders Leicester City in the Community Shield next weekend, while Blackpool will square off against Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup.
The Mancunians have 34 wins to their name, while 25 previous matches ended in a share of the spoils. Blackpool were victorious on 21 previous occasions.
Their most recent meeting came in a Premier League fixture in January 2011 when Adam Johnson scored a first-half goal to give City a narrow 1-0 victory on home turf.
Manchester City have won both of their pre-season games this season without conceding a goal and will be keen to make it three wins from three. Blackpool have won three of their six pre-season friendlies.
Yangel Herrera is a doubt for City with a leg injury and Phil Foden is also a doubt with a knock. The Copa America contingent are also yet to report for training.
Other than that, Pep Guardiola has the complement of an almost full squad and could name his strongest lineup to build cohesion heading into the new campaign.
Manchester City are heavy favorites to claim victory and the difference in class between the two sides is very evident.
The players on the fringes of Guardiola’s squad will want to use this opportunity to make a positive impression. Barring an unlikely upset, there will be only one winner here and we are predicting a comfortable victory for the English champions.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Blackpool
Manchester City have announced they will face Blackpool in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.
The Blues have managed to cram in another game against Championship opposition, after beating Preston on Tuesday, and facing Barnsley tonight.
The clash with the Seasiders, with a 6pm kick-off time, will again take place at the Academy Stadium behind closed doors, with City having scrapped plans to allow fans in to preseason matches.
City were originally due to fly to France to face sister club Troyes today but that had to be scrapped due to the worsening pandemic situation.
That left them with just one game before they were due to face Leicester at Wembley next Saturday, so they quickly arranged a clash with Barnsley for tonight, and now they will take on Blackpool as well.
With the bulk of the first-team squad due back on Monday, the extra game will give the Blues a chance to give some minutes to those players who were involved in the late stages of Euro 2020 and Copa America.