The two sides at the top of the Premier League table at the end of the first game week meet at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon.
Despite Bolton’s 4-0 opening-day win against QPR, it is their opponents Manchester City who go into the match as heavy favourites.
Roberto Mancini’s side are priced at 7/10 to pick up all three points in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with a draw at 5/2 and a home win at 4/1.
Quite simply, a City squad boasting the attacking talents of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Adam Johnson, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko should have too much for the Trotters, regardless of the starting XI decided upon by Mancini.
This is particularly true given that Bolton’s win over QPR was something of an anomaly given they lost the last five matches of the 2010-11 league campaign.
The Citizens, by way of contrast, have been in sparkling for of late, winning their last five Premier League matches without conceding a goal.
With this in mind, betting on Man City to keep a clean sheet this afternoon could be a good option at odds of 13/10.
Another pointer towards City’s likely superiority is that the two teams met at the Reebok as recently as 22nd May, the last day of the 2011-12 season.
The Citizens ran out 2-0 winners on that occasion, meaning they could also be good bets to win to nil on this occasion at odds of 9/5, or for a repeat of the same score at 15/2.
With City winning four of the teams’ last five meetings to nil, this looks the best option, with a successful £25 free bet on Man City to win without conceding set to return £70.
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And with Sergio Aguero in line to make his full debut for the Citizens at the Reebok, Monday’s two-goal hero for could be a good bet to open the scoring at odds of 9/2.
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