Man City Bolton 15:00 Sat
Near polar opposites in regards to Premier League position, Man City will play hosts to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday as heavy odds on favourrites with Ladbrokes as they look to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Despite Bolton’s lowly position of 19th, Owen Coyle’s side surprisingly managed to run out a tight game in the reverse encounter in August, although were eventually beaten 3-2.
With another six months of form to now go on, City would appear as clear favourites to win this encounter and by quite a margin, too.
The Trotters currently have the worst form in the English top flight after suffering four losses and gaining just one victory in their last six games.
City are enjoying a completely different string of form however and have won five of their last six league outings but losing at Goodison Park to a resilient Everton team has dented their bid for the Premier League title.
Conceding an average of 2.08 goals per game when playing away from home this campaign, the statistics would suggest that the Citizens will complete the double against Bolton this season as Roberto Mancini’s side boast a home attacking record of 3.08 goals per game.
Recent losses to Wigan, Norwich and Chelsea suggests that owen Coyle’s side could be in for another torrid time as they look to move away from a very tight relegation battle, with the bottom five sides all within two points of each other.
With Manchester United facing a tough fixture against Tottenham this weekend, City could open up a five point lead over Sir Alex Ferguson’s side should they win and the red side of Manchester lose.
After a tough new year period, City now have a fully fit squad with no injury concerns whatsoever, after the majority of players came back from midweek international duty injury free, giving Mancini quite a selection headache.
Carlos Tevez is waiting in the wings after a successful run out in the reserves last week, and it remains to be seen whether the Argentinian will feature in the coming months.
Bolton face a somewhat different scenario with several players definitely out, however Kevin and Mark Davies could make their return for the clash along with Marcos Alonso as Owen Coyle looks for a major shock and a move away from the relegation dogfight at the the foot of the Premiership table.