Manchester City round off their 2014 International Champions Cup group-stage campaign against Olympiacos on Saturday, with both sides still in with a chance of progressing to the final.
Both sides will fancy their chances of doing just that, and it's all set to be a fierce encounter in Minneapolis.
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Date: Saturday, August 2
Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET
TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (U.K.) / Fox Sports 2 (U.S.)
City Going for Broke
Though it could prove to be Manchester City’s final ICC match, it won't stop the Premier League champions from looking to record another emphatic victory.
If they can find a way past the Greek outfit, then they need AC Milan to do them a big favour in Saturday's other Group B clash—though that doesn't seem too likely.
The Italian side were thrashed 3-0 by Olympiacos in their opening game before City dealt them an even harsher blow three days later, winning 5-1.
Unless Milan's makeshift setup pull something miraculous out of the bag, then the Citizens will be going home early.
There are endless positives to take from their ICC campaign, though, particularly the breathtaking form of striker Stevan Jovetic.
The Montenegrin has scored braces in both of City's games so far and is finally showing what he can do in the famous sky-blue shirt.
Jovetic has struggled with injuries since arriving at the Etihad at the start of last season but with full fitness has come a series of devastating displays.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini is one of many who's been singing the 24-year-old's praises recently, saying that he could be a star for the club in the upcoming season, as per the club's official website:
I have said before that Stevan is a very important player for us and he proved again what an asset he can be. He had a number of different injuries last season but now he is fully fit. I’m sure if he continues in this way he will show why he is here. If he’s fit all the year he will be a very important player for us.
Though Jovetic has already proved his worth, he'll be determined to keep his fine run going with the Community Shield just around the corner, and it's difficult to envision him not getting on the scoresheet against Olympiacos.
The Greek champions aren't a side to be written off, though, and they showed during their 1-0 loss against Liverpool that they can be extremely tough to break down at times.
Their setup is very similar to that of the Greek national team—inviting pressure and hoping to strike on the counter-attack.
However, you invite pressure from Manchester City at your own peril, and Pelligrini's men have more than enough about them to find a way through the Olympiacos back line.
It's just a question of how many times they do that in Minneapolis, but with Jovetic in fine form and the squad settling well together, it could well be quite a few.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Olympiacos
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