Date:Saturday August 20 2011
High-flying Bolton host Manchester City in what should be a feisty affair due to the proximity of the two clubs and the controversial Aguero spitting incident during a game between Athletico Madrid and the Wanderers when he was just 17-years-old.
The Trotters, first after their emphatic win over QPR on the opening day of the season will be looking for their first win over City since November 2008.
Roberto Mancini emphasised his selection dilema upfront, stating, 'Silva, Tevez, Aguero, Dzeko, Balotelli - it is difficult.'
I think probably during the games there will be some moments when we can try to put all these players on the pitch.
But it is difficult and we have to have a good balance for the team.
All these players are professionals and it is important that they are not happy when they don't play.'
Bolton Wanderers defender Paul Robinson commented, 'We're not bothered by how much City have spent. That just inspires you to go out and show what you've got.'
Bolton hope to have new signing Tuncay Sanli available to play against the Citizens. The Turkish international is expected to have his work permit processed in time.
Jamaican Midfielder Ricardo Gardner will have a late fitness test on a groin injury.
Former City man Tyrone Mears and Korean Lee Chung-yong both sustained broken legs during pre-season.
All eyes will be on Arsenal and Liverpool target Gary Cahill as he continues to impress for Owen Coyle's side.
The English defender scored a superb goal against QPR and undoubtedly confirmed his status as one of the top young English players in the game.
After handing in a transfer request, it was expected that a host of clubs would make a move for Argentinean striker Carlos Tevez. After a move failed to materialise, the Manchester City talisman returned to his club where he could feature at the Reebok Stadium tomorrow.
Sergio Aguero's devastating cameo could result in the hotshot being given his first start for the Blues.
The only doubt for Sunday is Dutch enforcer Nigel de Jong who picked up a foot injury against Premier League newcomers Swansea.
Although Kun Aguero stole the headlines, it was Spaniard David Silva who stole the show against Swansea.
The fleet-footed midfielder carved the Welsh side apart, continuing his impressive form since joining City last season.
If the Blues hope to replicate last season`s success, Silva is absolutely crucial.
Manchester City are unbeaten in their last five games against Bolton.
Mike Jones officiates on Sunday, the same referee who wrongly sent off Pablo Zabaleta last season against Arsenal.
Owen Coyle's men have started the season in fine form, but will face a stern test from an equally impressive City side. Coming so early in the season this game could go either way as both sets of players return to fitness. While many expect the Citizens to be the dominant side, the Trotters shouldn't be underestimated as their crushing defeat of QPR demonstrated. I predict a narrow City win on Sunday, but I still have my doubts about the final score. Bolton 1-2 City.
Tottenham away on 28 August 2011 at 13:30.
Date:Saturday August 20 2011
UBTECH Robots Make Their Debut At The Etihad Stadium (Wednesday October 26 2016)
City's League Cup Ball Number Known (26/10/16) (Wednesday October 26 2016)
Will Angus Gunn Feature In Tonight's Manchester Derby? (Wednesday October 26 2016)
Premier League: Next Manager Sacked Post Betting Odds (Wednesday October 26 2016)
YouTube Previews: Manchester United v Manchester City (Wednesday October 26 2016)
Homophobia In Football? (Wednesday October 26 2016)
League Cup Quarter Final Draw Tonight (Wednesday October 26 2016)
After Game Player Interviews Explained (Wednesday October 26 2016)
Poll Result: Claudio Bravo Or Joe Hart (Tuesday October 25 2016)
Manchester Utd v Manchester City: VMC Preview (Tuesday October 25 2016)
|5.||Colin Is The King||162|
|1. Man City||9||6||2||1||+11||20|
|7. Man Utd||9||4||2||3||+1||14|
|UBTECH Robots Make Their Debut At The Etihad Stadi
» Man City : 26/10/2016 13:43:00
|Chelsea's League Cup Ball Number Known (26/10/16)
» Chelsea : 26/10/2016 13:27:01
|West Ham's League Cup Ball Number Known (26/10/16)
» West Ham : 26/10/2016 13:26:00
|Sunderland's League Cup Ball Number Known (26/10/16)
» Sunderland : 26/10/2016 13:25:01
|Saints' League Cup Ball Number Known (26/10/16)
» Southampton : 26/10/2016 13:24:01