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Nic Ladds 8th Feb 2010 - 12:49

City to bounce back to winning ways?

Manchester City will hope to bounce back from a disappointing away defeat to Hull by taking all three points from Bolton. Like Hull, Bolton need the points to pull themselves away from the relegation zone but you would expect the home advantage to help make sure City do the business this time.

Man City (4/9) are still just three points off the much coveted fourth-spot and Roberto Mancini will hope having another game just three days after the defeat to Hull will work to his advantage and they can get back to winning ways. They have lost two of their last three league matches and defeat could leave them in 7th place.

Bolton (5/1) are just one point above the relegation zone and have had real problems balancing goals with scoring just 29 and conceding 44 in 23 matches. New manager Owen Coyle has had a tough start to life at the Reebok and the team have had just two wins in fourteen matches, relegation form.

Considering the money City have spent, they aren't exactly setting the league alight, a top four finish would be the minimum expectation for the Eastlands faithful. A victory here should be simple for them on paper, although they are historically massively inconsistent.

The team news looks good for City as Patrick Vieira came through the last half hour at Hull with no problems and should make his home debut.

Craig Bellamy does miss the game but Joleon Lescott and Roque Santa Cruz are included in the squad. Emanuel Adebayor got the consolation goal at Hull and is 7/2 to get the first goal here.

Bolton are rocked by the news Gary Cahill is out for a lengthy spell, possibly the rest of the season, with a blood clot in his arm. Bolton played out a 0-0 draw at home to Fulham in their last match but spurned many decent chances.

Kevin Davis should really have got the match winner there but had a goal harshly ruled out for a foul but he is 8/1 first goal or 11/4 anytime here. Matty Taylor is always a set piece threat and is 4/1 anytime scorer.

The reverse fixture this season ended a massive 3-3 and if you fancy a repeat you can get 80/1 but the two goals Tevez scored that day is a bit more likely to recur and he's 5/1 to get two or more.

In matches like this I would usually look at Man City on the handicap and -1 here is 11/10 and -2 is 3/1.

Considering City are unbeaten at home all season and have conceded just 14 goals in the process, it really is hard to see anything other than a comfortable home win.

If you think Man City are going to walk all over their opposition, some good prices are available, markets such as Man City to win by four or more goals at 7/1 or you might fancy them to just score four or more regardless of the result at 9/2.

Considering one team has not lost at home all season and the other has just two away victories and the huge gulf in class between the two squads I am going to play it safe and go for a resounding 3-0 home victory - available at 7/1.



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