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Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City - Match Preview
Published : 11 Dec 2009 22:02:23Rss feed
Bolton Wanderers face a tough home test against north-west rivals Manchester City, who will still be buzzing following last weekend's success over table-toppers Chelsea.
Mark Hughes' big-spending outfit sit in sixth position, two points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy the final Champions League position.
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With Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez amongst the goals in a 2-1 success at City of Manchester Stadium last Saturday, the Citizens will be hopeful that their prized assets can shoot them to another important victory this weekend.
Shay Given was once again in inspired form against Carlo Ancelotti's Blues and he sensationally stopped a Frank Lampard penalty to preserve their lead and ultimately enabled his side to halt their run of seven consecutive league draws that had been hindering their progress.
Their unbeaten run now stretches to eight games and they last lost out back in September to city rivals Manchester United in a 4-3 epic at Old Trafford.
Gary Megson's Trotters don't have the resources that Hughes does but his industrious side will not roll over as they continue their fight to avoid the drop this term.
After picking just a single point up from a possible 15, they are in horrendous form.
To make matters that little bit worse, they have leaked in 14 goals in this period and they have slipped to second from bottom of the Premier League table and two points from safety.
Apart from their 1-0 Carling Cup success against Tranmere Rovers earlier in the season, the Trotters have failed to keep a clean sheet in all competition since.
One plus point for Megson is that he has no injury concerns ahead of him as he looks to stop City in their tracks.