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Bolton vs. Manchester City

Reebok Stadium

31st October

8pm

Bolton v Manchester City

With City selling out their allocation and the likelyhood of a fair few fans straggling around the ground, what chance of their being more City fans at tonight's game at the Reebok Stadium?

Vital Quotes:

Sven talks about City's chances: "To win it is a European ticket and that would be fantastic.

"There are still a number of teams left in the competition and we have a difficult game against Bolton. We will try our best to go as far as possible that`s for sure.

He then goes on to talk about our opponents: "Bolton are physically very strong and a direct team. We will feel their physical presence.

"They have good football players, I know Anelka won`t play, but they have Davies and Diouf to fill in and other good players too.

"I expect them to use Davies a lot and come in to win the second balls. I saw the game they played on Sunday and I think they were very unlucky not to win it.'

Bolton Team News:

Nicolas Anelka has been ruled out of Bolton's Carling Cup fourth round clash with a hamstring injury.

New boss Gary Megson is likely to ring the changes as he gets to know his new squad during his early weeks in charge.

Heidar Helguson and Christian Wilhelmsson are available after returning from injury and come into contention to face City.

Stelios Giannakopoulos, who scored the extra-time winner at Fulham in the last round, is also pushing for a start.

Player to watch: Kevin Davies

City fans will know that he has caused us many problems in the past and on his day is a real handful, in and around both boxes.

Manchester City Team News:

Sven-Goran Eriksson is considering sticking with most of the players who performed so poorly against Chelsea on Saturday.

However, keeper Andreas Isaksson will make his first appearance of the season and Martin Petrov (toe) is doubtful.

Also I would be very surprised if Rolando Bianchi was not included in the starting line up.

Player to watch: No Clear One

With the uncertainty of who will play it is difficult to name a player, but cleary should Elano play, he is the one to watch.

Match Facts & Stats

This is the first time that the two teams have met in the league cup and it has been a pretty rarity in all cup competitions as well.

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb - a very fair and competent referee; even though the results tend to be in the opponents favour

Match Prediction:

A close fought game, but City to edge it 1-2.

Next Fixtures:

Sunderland at Home on Setanta Sports on Monday November 5th with an 8pm kick off.




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The journalist

Writer: Gavin Cooper Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 31 2007

Time: 3:22PM

Your Comments

The lot from Reddish are up in Bolton already, minds addled by ale and predicting a City stroll in the park. Strong beer up there evidentally!
greyhound
I wonder why City were not allocated at least 15,000 tickets as Bolton cannot muster this many for their Premiership matches.
alphieblues
Have just seen 0-1 for us with an Elano penalty on the SkySports ticker here in Canada. Two questions, one was it a deserved penalty, and two, if we were still looking for a goal that late why no Bianchi? Please update as I'm in a bit of a sports backwater right now. Thanks.
BlueCanadian
Dodgy penalty decision which makes a nice change for us. Bianchi I just cannot understand.
alphieblues
Do we want Chelski at home in the next round ???
alphieblues
Perhaps this is first time we won over team coached by Megson!
city 81
Dear Santa, please send us a goalie in the January sales, built like Desperate Dan, with the hands of Pat Jennings and agility of a gazelle and the mind of Peter Schmeichel, preferably a direct desendant of Van Helsing and someone who has definately no connection with Vlad the impaler.
Buzz Lightyear
For those who were unable to go and had to rely on the 30 secs of coverage, the anticipation of michael Ball in clearing off the line was excellent defending. We were lucky to get the penalty, but I have seen them given against us for less, so swings and roundabouts. I think we were frightened to death by Chelsea and didn't want to be caught out again, but really our best defense is in attack. A win is a win, but we are short of strength on that left side and you can't blame SGE, not enough time to build up the squad. I hope Richards is OK to play on Monday and has the time to recover. Sam Harris just not strong enough to lead the pack, would have preferred Bianchi (is Mpenza injured?) or vassell. SGE says he is looking to bring in one or two, I know it is easy for us to say, getting the right person is more difficult now, because the prices go up on the other hand because of our potential more good players want to come here. Who do you want SGE to get?
Buzz Lightyear
Would like to see Corluka moved to centre of defence with Onouha on the right side and push Richards into Hamann's place. Then Sven could go into the market for Ronaldinho, Gattuso and Alves these would only cost about £100 million !!!
alphieblues
Alphie, two pints of what you're drinking please
Buzz Lightyear
we still need a punishing midfielder. Not to drag us back into the days of hatchet men taking out opposing stars, but someone who generally you'd hate playing against but with the skills to back it up. Not Essien of course but someone in his mould, honestly I don't think too many people look at our line up and say "what a ********, that guy always gives me a rough time of it." Unless you put Ball in midfield and he stomps on some more wingers....but you know what I mean
BlueCanadian
whoops it took something meaning a child born out of wedlock...I didn't think that would get the chop.
BlueCanadian
I understand what you say Blue, but these days you get booked for just looking at people, gone are the really hard men like norman hunter and Ron Chopper Harris. These days you need a skilled playmaker, but we just lack that strength in depth. Thats why we dont play 442. We need that extra cover in midfield, but who dod you buy, because the known players have been spannep up, SGE is looking for sleepers, he had done well so far and lets hope he digs up another two or three gems.
Buzz Lightyear
Can Sven bring you some silverware in his first season with the club?
dazza71
 

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