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Bet on Man City vs Bolton – Balotelli to prove the difference

| 04.12.2010

Manchester City may have not scored in their last three Premier League home games but this run is likely to end if Roberto Mancini chooses to start Mario Balotelli in attack.

First Goalscorer

Balotelli has scored four goals in his last three appearances for Manchester City, including a double in the Europa League victory against Red Bull Salzburg.

This may make him overpriced at 9/2 to score first against Bolton, especially given the fact that in all three games he has scored for Manchester City this season, he has struck the opener.

Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez cannot be ruled out in this betting odds market after already having nine league goals to his name this season and is 3/1 to open the scoring.

For Bolton, Johan Elmander has eight league goals and has found the net in five of their seven away games.

He is 9/1 to score first and 3/1 to strike at any time in the 90 minutes.

Match Odds

Looking solely at recent form, the logical suggestion is that Manchester City’s clash with Bolton will end in a draw.

Both teams have avoided defeat in each of their last five league games and it is 3/1 that this fixture ends all square.

However, Manchester City have won their last three home games against Bolton and are 8/15 to maintain this run.

Bolton are 5/1 to secure the three points and inflict just a second home defeat on Manchester City in the Premier League this season.

Another betting opportunity could be on Manchester City keeping a clean sheet as they have done in their last two home meetings with Bolton.

Furthermore, they have kept the second-most clean sheets this season and are 1/1 to shut out Bolton.

A £10 bet on Manchester City winning 1-0 and Balotelli grabbing the only goal could lead to a return of £220. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.