Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • February 16, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night, with a trip to Fulham the prize for the winners.

Following a goalless draw at the Reebok Stadium at the end of last month, the two sides must replay to determine who advances into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

They have met three times this season, with every game ending in a draw, and with both managers set to ring the changes at the DW Stadium, the possibility of extra time and penalties is sure to be considered.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle will be without Zat Knight and Daniel Sturridge for the short trip, as he looks likely to make several changes.

Knight was stretchered from the field during Sunday's 2-0 victory over Everton at the Reebok Stadium and will miss around six weeks with a knee ligament injury.

Sturridge, meanwhile, is cup-tied after representing Chelsea in their third round success over Ipswich Town.

David Wheater is likely to step in for the injured Knight, while Lee Chung-Yong should return to the side in place of Sturridge. The South Korea international should take up a place on the right flank, allowing Johan Elmander or Rodrigo Moreno to press for a place in attack.

Martin Petrov, Ivan Klasnic, Adam Bogdan, Robbie Blake, Tamir Cohen and Fabrice Muamba will all be hopeful of claiming starts as Wanderers look to advance into the last 16 of the competition.

Wigan will be without Emerson Boyce for the clash after he picked up a hamstring injury, while January signing Conor Sammon is ineligible as he wasn't registered to play in the original tie last month.

On-loan Manchester United midfielder, Tom Cleverley, is also ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement, as is Ali Al Habsi, who is spending the season on-loan at the DW from the Trotters.

Should the tie finish level after 90 minutes, extra-time and, maybe, penalties will decide who will face Fulham for a place in the last 8 on Sunday afternoon.

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

Last Meeting:
29th January 2011
FA Cup 4th Round
Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Wigan Athletic

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