Coyle's Bolton ready for big-spending Manchester City

Owen Coyle
Coyle's Bolton have spent about £3m this summer, compared to City's £51m

Bolton manager Owen Coyle is confident his side can compete , despite the massive difference in available budgets.

City have spent heavily again in the summer, bringing in record signing Sergio Aguero, Gael Clichy and Stefan Savic for a combined £51m.

By contrast Wanderers have spent about £3m, on Darren Pratley, Nigel Reo-Coker, Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles.

"It might look a mis-match, but I can assure you it won't be," Coyle said.

"We are at the Reebok and we have to make sure we give a big performance. Is this a game we can win, absolutely?" he said. "If we give our maximum then I believe we can go and win."

Both teams had impressive starts to the season, Bolton winning 4-0 at newcomers QPR and City dispatching Swansea, another promoted side, by the same scoreline.

"We do all the preparation work in pre-season knowing there will be a big start to the season but our priority is Manchester City who, you have seen in the last week, have supreme quality.

"But that is why we love playing against the best teams, players and managers - and Manchester City affords you that opportunity."

The Scotsman added: "They are a team which is really evolving because of what they spent.

"They will get the ultimate respect but we also know when we are at our very best, regardless of who we are playing, we can win.

"I don't know what they have spent. What is it, £300m? In my 18 months in charge I've spent £3m in transfers."

Former Burnley manager Coyle believes his side can take great heart from last weekend's win, which was the first time they had scored more than three goals in a game since last November when they demolished Newcasle 5-1.

"There were a lot of plusses for us. We will take that and move into the next game," he explained.

"We knew we had won a hard-fought game. QPR were far from poor - I've been there myself bringing a team up from the Championship.

"It gave us an enormous amount of confidence and hopefully you will see that come Sunday."