There is no better way to prepare for the season than facing some of the top clubs in the world, and that is exactly what Bayern Munich continue to do this summer.
After facing a number of squads in July, including Barcelona, the Bundesliga club will host the 2013 Audi Cup, a four-team tournament with representatives from four elite leagues.
Manchester City and Milan will compete on one side of the bracket, while Bayern Munich take on Sao Paulo of Brazil.
Every match is certain to be exciting, so make sure you do not miss a minute of the action. Here is a look at the second of the two opening matches between the hosts and the challengers.
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
When: Wednesday, July 31
Time: 8:30 p.m. (Local time), 6:30 p.m. (GMT), 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Bayern Munich Player to Watch: Thiago Alcantara
The big acquisition of the summer is likely going to be under a lot of pressure to perform this season.
Thiago Alcantara came from Barcelona after struggling to crack the first team last year, and he will hope to get more playing time with Bayern this year. Of course, he will still have to prove himself to play over the likes of Luiz Gustavo and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The young midfielder was decent against Borussia Dortmund, but he must continue to play well against top opponents.
This tournament will be a great way to see how ready he is to contribute this season.
Sao Paulo Player to Watch: Luis Fabiano
Although Luis Fabiano is getting up there in age, the 32-year-old attacker can still score at an incredible rate.
After spending time at Porto and Sevilla, the striker returned to Sao Paulo a few years ago and has done his best to be a consistent force up front. This season has not gone well for anyone on the roster, but Fabiano should be one player expected to turn things around.
His experience against top opponents will help his young teammates do well against their intimidating opponents in this matchup
If Bayern Munich want to keep Sao Paulo off the scoreboard, they will need to know where Fabiano is at all times.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 4, Sao Paulo 2
After allowing four goals against Borussia Dortmund, it is clear that Bayern's defense is not quite up to par just yet. The group is still regaining its fitness, and there are plenty of mental mistakes being made as well.
With the amount of talent on Sao Paulo's roster, they should be able to score a goal or two to prevent a shutout.
That being said, Bayern are simply too strong offensively to make this a competitive match. There are too many players capable of scoring at any time, and the team should be able to pull away with a significant win.
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