Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • September 18, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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After their unbeaten start to the season came to an end last weekend, Bolton will be looking to bounce back at Aston Villa.

Since winning 1-0 at Villa Park in 2006, Wanderers have lost on each of their three visits since, shipping thirteen goals in the process.

Indeed Villa Park is a ground where success is rare for Wanderers, who have recorded just two victories there in the last 55 years, and they must be at the top of their game if they are to change that story come 5pm on Saturday evening.

Wanderers go into the game without the services of Jussi Jaaskelainen and Gary Cahill, who are both suspended, meaning Adam Bogdan will start in goal and Andy O'Brien will partner ex-Villa player Zat Knight in defence.

Kevin Davies is a major doubt for Owen Coyle's side, which could lead to Ivan Klasnic starting in the league for the first time this season, alongside the in-form Johan Elmander, who has scored on his last two visits to Villa.

Ricardo Gardner, who is one appearance short of 400 in Bolton colours, is doubtful, as is Jlloyd Samuel, with the duo expected to join Sean Davis and Joey O'Brien on the sidelines.

Tamir Cohen will also miss out for Wanderers as he has been given the day off to celebrate Yom Kippur, the Jewish Holy Day.

Those absentees could lead Wanderers into naming some unfamiliar faces in the side, with the likes of Rodrigo Moreno, Marcos Alonso and even Tom Eaves pushing for places amongst the substitutes.

With Gerard Houllier set to take over as Villa boss next week, this will be Kevin MacDonald's final game in charge of the club.

MacDonald took over from Martin O'Neill last month and will be looking to go out in style as Villa look to retain their 100% record at home this season.

After recovering from a hamstring injury, Stephen Ireland could be recalled to the side, with Nigel Reo-Coker the most likely to make way for the former Manchester City midfielder.

Ashley Young, who has scored in his last four games against Bolton, is expected to continue in a more forward role, partnering Gabriel Agbonlahor in attack, holding off competition from John Carew and Emile Heskey.

Fabien Delph is the only known absentee from the Villa squad ahead of Saturday's game, which kicks off at 3pm.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lainton, Steinsson, Samuel, Robinson, Knight, Ricketts, Alonso, A O'Brien, Connolly, Muamba, Taylor, Holden, Petrov, Gardner, M Davies, Chung-Yong, Elmander, K Davies, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake, Obadeyi, Eaves

Last Meeting:
3rd April 2010
Premier League
Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Aston Villa

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