Rob Wilson looks forward to tomorrow’s fixture at the Reebok.
And so, we’re at the final game of what has been a great season for Manchester City. With Champions League qualification, and a first major trophy in 35 years in the shape of the FA Cup, you’d think that things couldn’t get much better for City. But if they beat Bolton on Sunday, or at least match Arsenal’s result against Fulham, they will head straight into the Champions League group stages without needing to go through a qualifying round – where they could meet Bayern Munich or Villareal.
In the reverse fixture of this game earlier on in the season, Carlos Tevez scored the winner for Manchester City after 4 minutes. City hit the woodwork twice through Balotelli and Silva, and Carlos Tevez handed in a transfer request after being substituted.
Bolton are on an awful run of form. Their last four games have seen them pick up no points at all, and despite a trip to the Reebok being a tricky fixture, you sense that Manchester City’s recent form would be enough to carry them through this fixture without that many glitches. City have won 6 out of their last 7 in all competitions, losing only to Everton in their last away fixture. City’s away form however, to teams in and around the Lancashire area, has seen them pick up maximum points – wins at Blackburn, Blackpool and Wigan ensured that.
I’m predicting a 3-1 victory for the blues with their probable starting line-up being:
Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; de Jong, Barry, Yaya Toure; Silva, Tevez, Balotelli