Updated: Saturday, 11th July 2020 @ 7:39am

Preview: It’s a local affair as Greater Manchester clubs match up in Premier League and Football League.

Preview: It’s a local affair as Greater Manchester clubs match up in Premier League and Football League.

By Mancunian Matters sports staff

Mancunian Matters preview what is very much a local affair for our clubs this weekend as Bolton host Manchester United while Wigan Athletic travel to Manchester City. 

In League One, Rochdale travel to Gigg Lane against Bury but Oldham Athletic buck the local trend when they host Stevenage Borough. In the Blue Square Premier, Stockport County travel to AFC Telford.


Bolton Wanderers v Manchester United

Bolton play host to Premier League Champions Manchester United in the evening kick-off at the Reebok – hoping to build on last season’s 2-2 draw in the same fixture.

Owen Coyle hopes that his players will use that result as an inspiration to spur them on to victory, but the Trotters have only won one of their last 17 meetings against United.

Coyle has Gary Cahill available after he returned from International duty on Thursday and there’s a possibility that new signings Dedryck Boyata, Gael Kakuta and David N’Gog could make it in to the starting line-up.

Bolton will be trying to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield before the international break where United will be trying to keep up their impressive start to the season following their 8-2 demolition of Arsenal.

Antonia Valencia is back in the United squad for the short trip to the Reebok after injuring himself at the Copa America in the summer and Javier Hernandez could get his first start of the season.

 Rio Ferdinand is available but may have to settle for a place on the bench with Sir Alex Ferguson happy with the form of his current back four.


Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

City boss Roberto Mancini will give Samir Nasri his home debut and is hopeful that Micah Richards will recover from the hamstring injury that kept him out of England’s Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Richards – who signed a new five-year deal at the club – is undergoing extensive treatment while former Arsenal man Nasri is expected to wear a protective cast over his broken hand.

The Italian is expected to keep last season’s top scorer Carlos Tevez on the bench as Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko is in fine goalscoring form.

However, with City beginning making their Champions League debut at home to Napoli on Wednesday night, Tevez could find himself making his first start of the season.

Roberto Martinez is expected to include Albert Crusat, Shaun Maloney and Patrick van Aanholt in his squad to face City at the Etihad Stadium but is still without Antolin Alcaraz and Steve Gohuri.

The Spaniard is looking for his side to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and believes his side will rise to the challenge set by City.

He said: “There is something very special developing in the dressing room with the group of players all having a really competitive edge.”


Bury v Rochdale

Both sides will be looking to bounce back from heavy defeats as Rochdale travel to Bury in League One.

The Shakers – who gave debuts to new signings Giles Coke, Shaun Harrad and Shane Byrne – were easily swatted aside 4-1 by Sheffield United.

Boss Richie Barker expects that defeat to be out of their system as they face their local rivals but Barker has warned his players to concentrate on the three points.

He said: “We need to put right a few things that have gone wrong over the last few weeks and we will be starting that on Saturday.

“When you win a local derby, it's still the same three points as any other game.”

Barker is still without influential midfielder Steven Schumacher.

Rochdale boss Steve Eyre is still awaiting his first league win of the season and is still without long-term absentee Simon Hackney.

Eyre will be hoping that Bury-born striker David ball – on-loan from Peterborough – will add to his debut strike in the 4-2 defeat at Stevenage.



Oldham Athletic v Stockport County

Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov is targeting his side’s second win of the season when they host Stevenage Borough at Boundary Park.

Dickov knows the Hertfordshire club – four places above Oldham in League One – will provide a tough test for the Latics.

He said: “They're well organised, well drilled, all know there jobs and the management team there have done a fantastic job with them.”

Bradley Diallo starts a three-match ban after seeing red against Huddersfield Town while midfielder pair Josh Parker and Dean Furman are also still injured.

Left-back Paul Black remains side-lined with a groin injury, which is expected to keep him out of action for four to six weeks while Northern Ireland Under-21 international Matty Lund has been recalled by parent club, Stoke City.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley is likely to name an unchanged team after last week’s 4-2 success over Rochdale.


AFC Telford v Stockport County

Stockport County manager Dietmar Hamann will be hoping to add to his side’s solitary victory so far in the Blue Square Premier at AFC Telford tomorrow.

County have drawn five of their opening seven games, leaving them mid-table and 11 points behind Wrexham and Gateshead.

Hamann will have to do without midfielder John Routledge, who needs an operation for a fractured cheekbone he sustained in last week’s home tie against Luton.