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Sunday, 02 November 2008

Bolton Wanderers vs Manchester City: Premier League Prediction Panel 2008/9 - preview and predictions

Following Tottenham's win and Newcastle's revival, Bolton go into this match in bottom place - and unquestionably in a relegation scrap.  Considering the funds available to Spurs and Newcastle Bolton are probably in a relegation mini-league with Stoke, West Brom, Sunderland, Fulham Wigan and possibly Blackburn - and results against the other teams will be a bonus.  Gary Megson has been taking some stick from the Bolton fans in recent weeks but Bolton haven't scored since beating a lethargic West Ham a month ago and his fate will probably be sealed if Bolton don't win again in the next three or four games.

Barring the UEFA Cup Manchester City hasn't won on their travels this season since August** - echoes of previous failed regimes there, but if City is to break that sequence then surely this is the ideal opportunity against the bottom club shorn of confidence and goals.  The impressive Pablo Zabaleta could return and as Robinho settles into the Premier League he could become a good outside bet for the golden shoe this season.  Victory will take City into seventh place, surely a minimum requirement for the massive investment underway - and intriguingly only four points behind a lacklustre Arsenal outfit - Champions' League football is not that distant.

City should start as favourites, but its away record is poor and Bolton has only lost two league games at home this season (Arsenal and Everton); could be tighter than it looks.

Bolton Wanderers vs Manchester City; Kick Off 4pm 2 Nov 2008

Prediction Panel
Our panel contains both Squarefootball writers and readers, the writers are marked: (sqf).

Tony Bellew : 0 - 3
Dave Blackburn : 1 - 0
Sue Gardener : 0 - 2
Chris Goodwin : 0 - 2
Paul Grech (sqf) : 0 - 1
Colin Illingworth (sqf) : 1 - 3
Hugh Larkin (sqf) : 0 - 1
Peter Lee : 1 - 1
Don McMahon : 1 - 3
Antony Melvin (sqf) : 1 - 2
Stephen Orford (sqf) : 0 - 0
Tony Ratton : 2 - 0
Peter Rendle : 0 - 2
Dan Taylor : 1 - 2
Bill Urban (sqf) : 2 - 2
Andy Wakeman : 0 - 3
Isaac Williams : 0 - 1
Mark Williams : 0 - 2

Panel Verdict
The panel is expecting more pressure to be heaped on Gary Megson by City winning this one by a couple of goals - possibly 2-0.

Home: 2; Draw: 3; Away: 13;

* Do we have it right, or do you know better?  Please don't bother with derisory comments on the predictions after the match - unless you also pulled us up before it!

** Thanks for the correction to Jimmy & Jack



"Barring the UEFA Cup Manchester City are yet to win on their travels this season"

Does winning 3 - o at Sunderland not count?


Think you'll find we beat sunderland 3-0 at the stadium of light this season.

Antony Melvin

Sorry, not sure how I could have forgotten that Sunderland game.

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