Writer: Gavin Cooper
Date:Wednesday October 31 2007
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?
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Howard Webb - a very fair and competent referee; even though the results tend to be in the opponents favour
A close fought game, but City to edge it 1-2.
Sunderland at Home on Setanta Sports on Monday November 5th with an 8pm kick off.
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Date:Wednesday October 31 2007
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