Having played in Europe during the week, Roberto Mancini may be one manager hoping that the snow puts paid to City’s potentially tricky meeting with Bolton. Both sides come into this game on the back of disappointing results- City conceded a late equaliser against Stoke and Bolton were forced to rescue a two goal deficit against Blackpool.
Bolton’s draw will Blackpool will have frustrated Owen Coyle. Whilst the manner of the Trotter’s comeback will have been a positive, Coyle will have earmarked the fixture as one he would have expected full points from, and with all the league’s main players still within reach at the top of the division, there remains a rare opportunity to really mix it with the big guns.
If City are serious about challenging for the title this will be a must win fixture, particularly with the game being at home. Bolton could not have dreamed of being in this position when the season started and will see this game as a hiding to nothing. However, With Arsenal and Chelsea kicking off at the same time I can see City getting the points they need to keep the heat on the established sides at the top.