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  • on 18.08.2011
  • at 02:07 PM
  • by KT

Bolton v Man City Preview

Sunday 21st Aug 2011, 4:00pm KO, Reebok Stadium (SS1)

Bolton and Man City come into this game as joint table-toppers, both having won their opening fixtures 4-0 against new boys QPR and Swansea respectively.

Man City unsurprinigly come into this as odd-on favourites (5/6 – Boylesports) after impressing in Monday night’s live television game, boasting 15 shots on target;  the most any Premier League team has managed since Tottenham’s 9-1 defeat of Wigan in 2009.

Bolton also did a demolition job on Neil Warnock’s QPR and there may be a few takers at the generous 4/1 (Ladbrokes) for the Wanderers to cause an upset here at the Reebok.

Bolton v Man City – Team News

Many would have expected the Trotters to struggle for goals after losing their two top scorers from last season (Daniel Sturridge returned to parent club Cheslea whilst Johan Elmander moved on to pastures new), but Klasic stepped up to the plate and bagged a brace against QPR on the opening day of the season.

Gary Cahill did his profile no harm either, scoring a blistering goal from 25 yards. Although his partnership with Zat Knight is developing at a rate of knots,  Coyle will have a tough job in pursuading him to stay as the rumours about him joining Arsenal or Liverpool rumble on.

Roberto Mancini will have a near full strength squad to choose from and will be looking to his players to build on their impressive start to their Premier League campaign. David Silva was instrumental on Monday night but their new £38n man Sergio Aguero stole the headlines when he came on for the final half hour to bag himself two goals and an assist.

Aguero and fellow Argentine striker Carlos Tevez are unlilkely to start as both are still a few weeks away from match fitness after taking a break post Copa America. Therefore Mancini may well stick with the starting XI that swept new boys Swansea aside, further adding to the frustrations of Mario Balotelli.

Probable Line-ups

Man City
Bolton (4-4-2) Man City (4-3-3)
Jaaskelainen;
Steinseon, Cahill, Knight, Robinson;
Eagles, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov;
Davies, Klasnic;
Hart;
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy;
Yaya Toure, De Jong, Barry;
Johnson, Dzeko, Silva.

Bolton v Man City – Betting Tips

We expect this to be a much closer contest than the bookmakers are predicting and if Bolton can frustrate the visitors they may well get something out of this game.

Although City have much better players on paper, it has yet to be seen how they will come together when playing a tough,  well disciplined side such as Bolton. After all we’ve already seen what has happened to Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and almost Man Utd already this season.

With that in mind it might be worth favouring a 1-1 draw at 13/2 (William Hill) or taking Bolton at +1 on the Handicaps (10/11 – Bet365).

Bolton v Man City – Match Stats

  • Bolton picked up 35 points up at home last season, only 2 less than Arsenal managed.
  • The Trotters have failed to score on their last 3  games against Man City.
  • Bolton picked up 76% of their points at home last season, well above the divisional average
  • Man City kept 18 clean sheets in the 2010/11 season, 3 more than anyone else.
  • Mancini’s side won more penalties (8) than any other team in the 2010-11 Premier League.
  • Man City had a great away record too, picking up 28 points on their travels (only Arsenal managed more).
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