Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City

A triumphant and exhausting season reaches it’s finale at Bolton with City needing only to do as well as Arsenal (away to Fulham) to secure third place. If Roberto Mancini’s side can maintain the momentum generated from beating Tottenham and Stoke, then victory could be secured.

The players were buoyant against a deflated and injury ravaged Stoke on Tuesday night, but Bolton are likely to be a tougher test despite their recent poor run of form. It might have helped had the speculation around Carlos Tevez’s future waited until the end of the season, but that’s not the way with modern media.

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Player ratings: Manchester City v Bolton Wanderers

Hart – Not his finest display of handling. There was a warning in the first half when Joe came for one ball and saw if fly past into touch. Calamity came even closer when Kompany was required to clear a fumbled catch off the line. 6

Zabaleta – Ensured Martin Petrov had a return to forget with some tight marking and timely interceptions. Distribution was less accomplished and two chances to score went begging. 6

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Preview: Manchester City v Bolton Wanderers

City will be looking to end Bolton’s impressive run of being unbeaten in November and in their last five Premier League games. We’ll have to be at our best against the new favourites of footballing purists.

Roberto Mancini will revert to the majority of the side that played against Stoke. Yaya Toure is likely to come in for James Milner and the main debate will be over who plays at right-back.

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Verdict: Manchester City 2 Bolton Wanderers 0

City emerged with three points thanks to moments of brilliance from Adam Johnson and Emmanual Adebayor, along with a defensive mindset that achieved a clean sheet. Like the previous two games it was far from pretty as this time Roberto Mancini sought to shore up the midfield with de Jong, Barry and Vieira.

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