So lasting was the impact of Sam Allardyce at Bolton that it’s still surprising to see them playing attractive passing football, never mind the fact that they’re sitting just outside the Champions League places. Owen Coyle has brought in a style of football which is not just entertaining but, so far, very successful too.
See Sam, midfielders aren’t just for kicking the opposition when they have the ball. Man City, on the other hand, have gone in the opposite direction under Mancini. Despite the money spent they have generally served up poor fare to their supporters, particularly at home.
They’ve only managed seven goals there, not a single one in their last three games, while Bolton have scored eleven on their travels. Mancini has the talent at his disposal to win this game with relative ease but he doesn’t appear to have the tactics or attacking ambition.
A third consecutive 0-0 home draw for City is 9/1 but with Bolton only failing to score twice this season, 1-1 at 6/1 could be a better bet.