Middlesbrough v Bolton - Preview

  • April 18, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Middlesbrough looking to pull themselves out of the relegation zone.

Wanderers are currently two points adrift of safety following the 1-0 victory over West Ham United last time out and need to achieve back-to-back wins for the first time in over a year to have any chance of lifting themselves up the table.

They have a poor recent record against Boro, going eight games without a victory since a 2-0 win at the Reebok in September 2003.

Since it's opening in 1995, the Trotters have won just once at the Riverside, a 4-1 victory in February 1996, a season which saw Bolton finish bottom of the Premier League.

But despite the poor record, Gary Megson will be looking for his side to perform and get the result they need.

Gareth Southgate's side have won just twice in their last nine games, but they have faced tough trips to Chelsea, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Tottenham in that run, aswell as claiming a home draw against league leaders Manchester United.

Bolton will be without the suspended Kevin Davies for the trip to Teesside, but the forward may have missed the game through injury anyway after breaking his hand in the game against West Ham.

Davies' absense means Heidar Helguson and Grzegorz Rasiak will be pushing for rare starts, while Stelios Giannakopoulos will also be looking to start in the North-East.

Aside from Davies' injury problems, Wanderers have no new injury worries ahead of the trip, but will be without long-term absentees Jussi Jaaskelainen, Nicky Hunt, Ricardo Gardner and Joey O'Brien.

Abdoulaye Meite may be on the bench, despite not playing for the side in over a month, with Gary Cahill and Andy O'Brien expected to continue in the heart of the defence.

After claiming an impressive draw at Tottenham last weekend, Boro will be without the services of Gary O'Neil who will miss the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.

But Southgate has a number of options infront of him, with Tuncay Sanli, Adam Johnson, Lee Cattermole and Fabio Rochemback all hoping to get the nod.

Andrew Taylor is another injury doubt for the hosts but should he be fit to play, he is expected to replace Jonathan Grounds at left-back.

Brazilian striker Afonso Alves is expected to partner Jeremie Aliadiere upfront, looking to continue on his recent purple patch infront of goal.

Squads:
Middlesbrough:
from: Schwarzer, Turnbull, Young, Grounds, McMahon, Wheater, Pogatetz, Boateng, Arca, Downing, Shawky, Rochemback, Cattermole, Johnson, Aliadiere, Alves, Tuncay.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Al Habsi, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Taylor, Guthrie, McCann, Nolan, Helguson, Diouf, Campo, Cohen, Samuel, Stelios, Rasiak, Alonso, Fojut, Walker, Braaten.

Referee: Alan Wiley

Burnden Aces' prediction: 2-1

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 AFC Wimbledon 18 16
20 Tranmere Rovers 17 16
21 Milton Keynes Dons 18 13
22 Southend United 19 6
23 Bolton Wanderers 15 1
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