Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea - Preview

  • January 24, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers will say an emotional goodbye to the legendary Nat Lofthouse on Monday night when they host Chelsea at the Reebok Stadium.

The clash, which is to be televised by Sky Sports, is Wanderers' first match since the death of Lofthouse last weekend.

Prior to the game, the club will be playing a video on the big screen to showcase the memories their favourite son provided during his life. That will be followed by club captains Kevin Davies and John Terry leading a minute's silence, before laying wreaths infront of the Nat Lofthouse stand to pay tribute to the great man.

Back to the game itself and Bolton could hand a debut to new signing David Wheater, who signed a three-and-a-half year deal last week after moving from Middlesbrough.

He could come into the side at the expence of Zat Knight, who has hit a poor run of form recently.

However, with speculation linking Gary Cahill with a move away from the Reebok, it would come as no surprise to see the England international being the one to make way for the January signing.

Rodrigo Moreno could come in for Mark Davies on the right of midfield, but Wandererers shouldn't make too many changes from the defeat at Stoke City last time out, with injuries still taking their toll on the squad.

Ivan Klasnic is out with a thigh strain, with Gretar Steinsson still doubtful with a knee injury he picked up in the Boxing Day success over West Bromwich Albion, Bolton's last victory in the league.

Stuart Holden is fit again after taking a knock on his ankle at the Britannia Stadium, but fellow midfielders Ricardo Gardner, Joey O'Brien, Sean Davis and Lee Chung-Yong are all absent, with the latter still on international duty with South Korea in the Asia Cup.

Jlloyd Samuel is also missing, with Coyle once again struggling to name a full quota of substitutes for the visit of the the champions.

Carlo Ancelotti will be without Frank Lampard for the trip north, with the England international having failed in his attempts to shake off a calf injury.

Skipper John Terry is also suffering with a back problem, but is expected to take his place amongst the starting eleven.

Nicolas Anelka should start against his former club, partnering Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba in attack, but Alex, Yuri Zhirkov and Yossi Benayoun are all out with injury, joining Lampard on the sidelines.

Bolton have lost seven of their last eight fixtures against Chelsea on home soil, failing to score a single goal.

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

Last Meeting:
29th December 2010
Premier League
Chelsea 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

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