Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic - Preview

  • January 05, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton play at home for the first time in 2011 on Wednesday night, with local rivals Wigan Athletic the visitors to the Reebok Stadium.

After picking up the manager of the month award for November, Owen Coyle has seen his Wanderers side lose four of their last six games, including the New Year's Day defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

One positive for Coyle is that all four of those games came away from home, with the two home games resulting in victories over Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion.

The Trotters have lost just once on home soil this season and are unbeaten in their last five outings infront of their own supporters.

Following the defeat at Anfield, Coyle is expected to make just one change to the side, with Paul Robinson coming in for Marcos Alonso after serving a one-match suspension.

With injuries taking their toll on the squad, the likes of Rodrigo Moreno and Mark Davies should continue in midfield, with Stuart Holden, Tamir Cohen and Lee Chung-Yong all missing.

Gretar Steinsson is doubtful with a knee injury, meaning Sam Ricketts will continue at right-back, with Gary Cahill and Zat Knight playing alongside Robinson in a familiar back four infront of Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Matt Taylor should see off competition from Martin Petrov for a place on the left, with Fabrice Muamba completing the midfield alongside Mark Davies and Rodrigo.

Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander should continue to lead the frontline, with Robbie Blake and Ivan Klasnic both hopeful of making an appearance from the bench at some stage.

The Latics come into the game on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United on New Year's Day, but manager Roberto Martinez is expected to make just one change to the side.

Ali Al Habsi is ineligible to play against Wanderers due to the terms of his loan deal, meaning Martinez must pick from Chris Kirkland and Mike Pollitt.

Kirkland was recalled from a loan spell at Leicester City last week, with injury reported to be the reason. At this stage, it is unclear whether Kirkland will start at the Reebok or if the Farnworth born Pollitt will make a rare appearance.

Charles N'Zogbia is suspended for the visitors, meaning Tom Cleverley and Hugo Rodallega will provide the biggest threat in his absence.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Jaaskelainen, Bogdan, Robinson, Cahill, Knight, Ricketts, Alonso, Muamba, Taylor, Petrov, M Davies, Elmander, K Davies, Klasnic, Rodrigo, Blake

Last Meeting:
23rd October 2010
Premier League
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

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