Middlesbrough v Bolton - Preview

  • November 21, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel up to the North East on Saturday afternoon when they will face a Middlesbrough side unbeaten in their last five games.

After recording back to back victories for the first time in seven months, Bolton were brought back down to earth with a 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool last weekend.

Their last trip to the Riverside Stadium was a memorable one as a Gavin McCann goal was enough to give Wanderers a 1-0 victory last April to take them out of the bottom three, helping the club ultimately survive relegation from the Premier League.

That game was only the second time Bolton have returned from the Riverside with all three points, and they will be looking to add a third on Saturday.

Wanderers boss Gary Megson will hand fitness tests to Ricardo Gardner and Danny Shittu after the duo represented their respective countries during the week and only trained on Friday.

Joey O'Brien is expected to miss the game with a thigh injury, joining long term injury casualty Ricardo Vaz Te on the sidelines, but Mustapha Riga could return after recovering from an ankle problem.

With Heidar Helguson on loan at Queens Park Rangers until the end of January, Ebi Smolarek will be hoping to push Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies for a place, but the Poland international should start on the bench.

Academy graduates Chris Basham and Temitopbe Obadeyi could be on the bench again, with both hoping to make their Premier League debuts at some stage.

Boro boss Gareth Southgate has been boosted with the timely return of strike duo Mido and Jeremie Aliadiere, who will be competing with record signing Afonso Alves for a starting place.

Emanuel Pogatetz should play despite picking up a knee injury on international duty, Chris Riggott is out with a tight hamstring, which means David Wheater should start in defence.

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