Bolton Wanderers vs Manchester United Preview

by Punter's Hero on September 9, 2011

in Football, Latest News

English Premier League leaders Manchester United head down the road to Bolton on Sept. 10th to take on the Wanderers at Reebok Stadium. Last year’s games between the two teams saw United draw 2-2 in Bolton and then win the return match at Old Trafford 1-0 on a goal by Dimitar Berbatov with just two minutes to go.

United leads the league on goal difference after three games with three wins, sharing top spot on points with their cross-town rivals Manchester City. United has scored 13 goals so far and the average age of their starting players has been just 23.

However, they do have a few players out with injuries, such as captain Nemanja Vidic, fullback Rafael, and striker Danny Welbeck. The always-injured Rio Ferdinand returned to the bench two weeks ago, but Antonio Valencia could be out due to an injured ankle. Darren Fletcher is back in action and recently played well for Scotland in their Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Bolton has three points after three games. They won their season opener in impressive fashion with a 4-0 win in London over newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers. However, they were then beaten by Liverpool and Manchester City and currently sits in 10th place in the league.

They lost some top players during the offseason for one reason or another such as Johan Elmander, Lee Chung-Yong, and Daniel Sturridge and replaced them with Gael Kakuta, Tuncay Sanli, Nigel Reo-Coker, and David Ngog. Chung-Yong is out for what could be the year, because of a badly broken leg and Stuart Holden hasn’t returned from his leg injury just yet. However, he could be ready by game time. Sean Davis may also miss the game.

United starts its Champions League season a few days after the Bolton game, so manager Alex Ferguson may end up resting a few regulars. Jonny Evans has played centre back with newcomer Phil Jones while Vidic and Ferdinand have been out and could be asked to hold Bolton striker Kevin Davies in check. Ferguson has a lot of options at all positions really and it’s anybody’s guess who’ll actually start and who will make it to the bench. He could also rest his national players, such as Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, and Chris Smalling who played for England during the week.

Bolton has fielded the same starting 11 for all of their games so far, so don’t expect to see many changes on Saturday, at least when it comes to the starters. With Davies in the lineup, Bolton generally plays pretty direct football, which can usually be easily defended.

Look for United to struggle a little bit after having a forced layoff following the 8-2 win over Arsenal. However, they should still be able to come up with at least one more goal than the home side and take three points with them back to Manchester.

Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of a Bolton win listed at 6/1 while United are at 4/9. A draw is listed at 17/5.

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