Bolton v Manchester United - Preview

  • September 26, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton return to Premier League action at lunchtime on Sunday when they host Manchester United at the Reebok Stadium.

After coming from behind to earn a draw at Aston Villa last weekend, Wanderers crashed out of the Carling Cup with defeat to Burnley on Tuesday night.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle will be looking to bounce back from the defeat at the hands of his former club, with victory over United one of the top priorities for the fans at the start of each season.

Coyle will be able to call upon the services of Jussi Jaaskelainen for the game as he returns from suspension. The Wanderers boss claims the Finn is not a cert to start, but he is expected to take the place of Adam Bogdan, who has impressed in goal in recent weeks.

Kevin Davies is also available after a ban and should partner Johan Elmander in attack. Gary Cahill, though, will sit out the final game of his ban, leaving Sam Ricketts to partner Zat Knight in defence after Andy O'Brien limped out of the draw at Villa Park.

Fabrice Muamba, Martin Petrov, Lee Chung-Yong and Paul Robinson are all expected to be recalled, taking the places of Tamir Cohen, Matt Taylor, Rodrigo Moreno and Marcos Alonso.

Should he feature on Sunday, Ricardo Gardner will be making his 400th appearance in Bolton colours. However, as it stands, the Jamaican is a doubt through injury.

Sean Davis and Joey O'Brien are the only long-term absentees, both with knee injuries.

United are expected to name a largely unnamed side from that which beat Liverpool last weekend.

Rio Ferdinand is fit again after missing the start of the season and he could take the place of Jonny Evans in defence. Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and John O'Shea are expected to complete the back four.

Dimitar Berbatov has scored six goals so far this season and he should continue in attack, with Wayne Rooney providing support from deep.

The old guard of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes could start in midfield, with Darren Fletcher and Nani also providing the ammo to the forwards.

Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves and former Wigan Athletic midfielder Antonio Valencia are all out.

Since winning 1-0 at the Reebok in November 2007, Wanderers have lost their last five games against United, scoring just one goal, in a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford last October.

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Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 80
8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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