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The home team will play a 4-3-3, with all three midfielders being very central, holding players. Bolton will play an attacking 4-4-2, with two true wingers pushing up alongside the strikers for long spells of the match. A key man will be Stuart Holden, who will hopefully be recovered from last week's leg injury and able to feature from the start. I have no doubt that if he is fit he will go back into the team, the question is who will be dropped. Fabrice Muamba will start in the holding role regardless of match-up, but any combination from Holden, Mark Davies, Lee Chung-yong, Martin Petrov, Matt Taylor, or even Rodrigo Moreno could make up the other three midfielders.
As for Wanderers defensively, the biggest threat for City is enigmatic Italian Mario Balotelli. He has been playing on the left side of the front three, which would match him up with Bolton's right back. This is why I think we may see a return of Gretar Steinsson to the starting XI. He kept Gareth Bale in his pocket a few weeks ago, and Owen Coyle will be hoping he can do the same to Balotelli.