Preview: Manchester City looking for repeat against Wolves as United aim to get back on track at Everton

By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent

Manchester City play Wolves tomorrow for the second time in a week tomorrow as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to get United back to winning ways at Everton.

In the midweek Carling Cup games, City hammered Wolves 5-2 and United – with wholesale changes from the team humiliated at Old Trafford last Sunday – beat League Two Aldershot.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, struggling Bolton travel to Swansea and Wigan host Fulham.

In League One, Bury host Stevenage, Rochdale welcome Leyton Orient and Oldham travel to Cumbria to play Carlisle.


Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Roberto Mancini will be expecting more of the same from his top of the table side as struggling Wolves visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

City have scored 11 goals in two games, including six against arch rivals United last Sunday and hit tomorrow’s opponents for five in the Carling Cup.

They have now won five successive wins in all competitions and should make short work of a Wolves team low on confidence and with selection problems up front.

They have not won in the league since August and will surely be looking at damage limitation in tomorrow’s game.

Owen Hargreaves is the home side’s only injury absentee, ruled out by a calf injury, otherwise Mancini has a full squad to pick from.

However, the Carlos Tevez saga rumbles on and is threatening to undermine a glorious start to the season for the Eastlands club – they lead their rivals by five points in first place.

They have been forced to reduce their fine for the Argentinean forward to two weeks after intervention from the PFA.

Tevez’s fate now lies with boss Roberto Mancini, who has previously stated that he will ‘never play for the club again’.


Everton vs Manchester United

The Premier League recovery begins here for Sir Alex Ferguson and United following Sunday’s disastrous 6-1 defeat to City.

The Red Devils travel to Merseyside knowing they must win to keep pace with their noisy neighbours – five points clear at the top of the table.

United have not won at Goodison Park for four years however – and Everton mounted a stunning fightback last season to claim a point in a 3-3 draw.

Despite this, it may be the right time to play Everton – they have lost four in five, and had the exertions of extra time against Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Carling Cup.

Ashley Young is carrying a toe injury which could rule him out of contention for tomorrow’s game.

Fergie welcomes back Jonny Evans from suspension, and both Tom Cleverly and Nemanja Vidic have returned to fitness and will push for a place in the starting line-up.

Everton captain Phil Neville – a United player for a decade – is set to miss out on playing against his old boss following an injury in the midweek loss against Chelsea.

This tie gives United fans a chance to cast an eye on David Moyes’ suitability for the manager’s post when Sir Alex calls it a day – the Scot is a leading contender in many people’s eyes.


Swansea City vs Bolton Wanderers

Bolton’s first Premier League game in Wales is a must win for Owen Coyle and his team.

With Christmas fast approaching, Bolton are still in the bottom three and need to start getting points on the board – fast.

The midweek defeat to Arsenal in the Carling Cup leaves the league as Bolton’s sole priority until the psychologically important midpoint of the season.

Injuries are not helping Coyle in his quest, with Dedryck Boyatta the latest player to need attention from the physio.

The on-loan defender has returned to parent club Manchester City for treatment after suffering ankle ligament damage in the defeat to Sunderland last weekend

Chung-Yong Lee and Tyrone Mears still have broken legs, Sean Davis and Stuart Holden miss out with knee injuries and Marcos Alonso is a major doubt with a foot injury.

Defender Sam Ricketts is still sidelined with an Achilles problem.

Swansea will be pleased to sit mid table after nine games and have enjoyed wins against West Brom and Stoke recently.


Wigan Athletic vs Fulham

Roberto Martinez is banking on the return of top scorer Franco Santos to halt his team’s alarming run of defeats.

The Latics’ have lost six in a row in the league – seven in all competitions – and have slumped to 19th in the League.

Santos and midfielder James McCarthy are both set to return to the team after missing the trip to Newcastle last weekend with hamstring injuries.

Martinez will be looking to build on a much improved outing at Newcastle and a victory here would leapfrog them above their rivals.

Fulham are enduring a similarly miserable time at the moment – both teams have won only once this season – both against rich new boys QPR.

The Londoners are perhaps struggling to balance domestic and European campaigns under Martin Jol – the Craven Cottage outfit sit second in Europa League Group K.


Bury vs Stevenage

Gigg Lane hosts a mid-table clash tomorrow with Richie Barker looking to extend Bury’s unbeaten run to three games.

Following a draw against Notts County and a win over Bournemouth, the Shakers sit 15th in the League One table in their first season since being promoted back to the third tier.

 Barker is under no illusion that Stevenage will provide stiff competition.

He said: “It’s going to be another difficult one for us.  They’ve picked up some excellent results.”

“They’re physically well prepared but we have to go and play the way we want to play and pass the ball.”


Rochdale vs Leyton Orient

Rebuilding is the phrase being thrown around Spotland at the moment as Keith Hill looks to secure victory against the Londoners.

Dale have lost just one of their last five league games and Hill is keen to focus on the positives such a run brings.

He said: “”We are in a rebuilding phase, we are improving and occasionally you get chinned when you don’t expect it.”

The home team last won on October 1 and a victory over the relegation threatened visitors would breed more confidence moving into Novmember.”

Former Sheffield United defender Stephen Jordan has joined the club on non-contract terms and could make his first appearance tomorrow, with Giles Coke set to make his last appearance before completing his loan spell from Sheffield Wednesday.


Carlisle United vs Oldham Athletic

Paul Dickov takes his team to Cumbria with a well-worn message for his players.

The former City striker has repeatedly warned his platers about complacency following a good performance and has reiterated that in the build up to this weekend’s game.

He said: “Too many times this year after having good back-to-back results we’ve let ourselves down in the third.

Shefki Kuqi and Filipe Morais have both been named in Oldham’s squad for the game despite being injury doubts.

The Latics scored an impressive point against Preston in midweek following last week’s victory over Wycombe Wanderers.

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