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Bolton v Manchester City

Bolton Wanderers FC
vs.
Manchester City FC

Reebok Stadium

22nd March 2008

3pm

With Bolton slipping into the relegation zone the pressure is really mounting on Gary Megson to get a result today; especially as this is against a side that they feel they can get something out of. However this City side now have Martin Petrov back in their team and will be chomping at the bit to prove how much he was missed. City also showed the first time since Bolton at home to come from behind and win against Tottenham Hotspur and keep City in the hunt for a top six finish.

Vital Quotes:

Sven talks about Bolton: "I`m expecting a battle, in the footballing sense of course, as they are an aggressive side. I thought they played well against United on Wednesday, and United only scored from two set pieces.

"Bolton can put good combinations together and have good footballers throughout, so I know what to expect on Saturday.

"We`ll respect them, I`m expecting that they won`t let us play our game or allow us the time we would want - but that`s normal. We know that they are very good at set pieces themselves, they are good at long thrown-ins and corners because they are a very big and strong team. I`m sure that`s what we can expect from them on Saturday."

Bolton Wanderers FC Team News:

Key duo Kevin Nolan and Gary Cahill could both return for Bolton against City after sitting out their 2-0 midweek defeat to leaders Manchester United.

Midfielder and skipper Nolan is suffering from a persistent back injury while centre-back Cahill is still nursing a bruised foot suffered against The Latics.

Gavin McCann is another doubt for Wanderers after sustaining a calf injury at Old Trafford, and Megson rates the defensive midfielder's chances as 50/50.

Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is almost certainly out for the rest of the campaign with a back problem, so Ali Al Habsi is set to continue to deputise between the sticks.

Player to watch: El Hadji Diouf

Has a knack of scoring against us and despite being a very boisterous player; he does possess a fair amount of individual skill.

Manchester City FC Team News:

City expect striker Benjani to be fit for their trip to the Premier League strugglers.

The Zimbabwe international has been troubled by a minor hamstring problem this week but he should be able to train today as normal.

Bulgaria international forward Martin Petrov returns from suspension but experienced German midfielder Dietmar Hamann is still missing as he completes his two-match ban.

Captain Richard Dunne is fine to play on despite a recent shin wound but follow defenders Michael Ball and Micah Richards (both knee) remain on the sidelines.

Player to watch: Martin Petrov

He is ripe for terrorizing down that left wing and causing Bolton's defence all sorts of problems after his three game suspension lay off.

Match Facts & Stats

The stats between the two clubs are almost identical home and away; but prior to the Premiership Bolton had a good record at Burnden Park. City are hoping to complete their second Premier League double over Bolton, and first since 2003-04 when they registered a 9-3 aggregate; it would also be their third double of the season with two Uniteds, Newcastle and Manchester being the others.

Ref Watch:

Andre Marriner - a fairly decent ref towards City. This will be his second game; Arsenal at home being the first. This is also Bolton's second game with him where they drew at home with Tottenham.

Match Prediction:

Bolton to stop City from playing but City's quality will tell with a Petrov strike. Bolton 0 - 1 City.

Next Fixtures:

Birmingham City Away on Saturday 29th with a 3pm kick off.


Writer:Gavin Cooper
Date:Saturday March 22 2008
Time: 2:09PM

Comments

0
I see Elano is on the bench, no doubt too cold for him at the draughty Reebok.
alphieblues
22/03/2008 14:29:00
0
I don't understand today's team selection. Surely Castillo needs a good run. Elano also played in the Ukraine with no problems.
Johnny Baguette
22/03/2008 15:56:00
0
What a missed opportunity. We are giving too many sides far too much respect when we should be going for the jugular. I've been saying for a week or two that Villa, Pompey and Everton are due a bad run. Villa and Pompey definitely wobbling. Everton can make UEFA qualification all but safe if they beat the Hammers.
Johnny Baguette
22/03/2008 16:58:00
0
JB, Please make a poll about sevn if the fans Satisfied or not with his plans.
city 81
22/03/2008 17:26:00
0
Thanks for your suggestion city 81. I'll put it on line once the MOTM award vote is finished.
Johnny Baguette
22/03/2008 17:39:00
0
I suppose a point was the most we could have hoped for, at least we didn't lose it in the last minute....from a satisfied Sven fan.
alphieblues
22/03/2008 18:26:00
0
Sven has a point when he says that this point could be a vital point come the final reckoning (er, point taken!) But the chronic lack of goals continues. We've had it for goal difference if it came down to that and ourselves, Blackburn, Pompey and Villa have to hold out for an Everton cave in.
Johnny Baguette
22/03/2008 18:47:00
0
Pressure building on Everton. Defeat at Fulham, now unable to beat West Ham. Outside their formality against Derby, they still have to play Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. There's a tasty Villa Euro clash and Brum and Newcastle fighting for their lives. Following their Euro exit any of those mickeys who were on here forecasting world domination still as confident?
Johnny Baguette
22/03/2008 19:17:00
0
Thank you JB, Really this week was good chance to approaching & move away, WE DONT WANT STAY TO ANOTHRE YEAR TO ACHIEVE EUROPE.
city 81
22/03/2008 20:34:00
0
Will we get Berbatov ????
alphieblues
23/03/2008 09:17:00
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