Fulham v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • February 20, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Following on from their victory over Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night, Bolton are in FA Cup action again on Sunday when they travel to Fulham.

The tie at Craven Cottage will decide who advances to the last eight of the competition, with both sides having a realistic opportunity of advancing.

The league meeting between the two sides earlier in the season ended goalless at the Reebok Stadium, a result both sides will be looking to avoid come tea time on Sunday.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has somewhat of a defensive crisis on his hands ahead of the trip to London, with Sam Ricketts ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his Achilles at the DW Stadium.

Ricketts joins Zat Knight, Jlloyd Samuel, Gretar Steinsson, Joey O'Brien, Sean Davis and Ricardo Gardner on the treatment table, leaving Wanderers with just four fit senior defenders to choose from. Gary Cahill, David Wheater, Paul Robinson and Marcos Alonso should all start.

Martin Petrov will be hoping to keep his place on the left of midfield after a good performance at Wigan, with Lee Chung-Yong, Mark Davies and Fabrice Muamba completing the middle-men. Stuart Holden, Tamir Cohen, Rodrigo Moreno and Matt Taylor will also be hopeful of making the starting 11.

Ivan Klasnic and Johan Elmander should continue to lead the line, but Coyle may decide to recall Kevin Davies to the side with doubts over the fitness of Wednesday's match-winner, Klasnic. Daniel Sturridge is cup-tied after representing Chelsea in third round.

Another welcome problem for Coyle is to decide who starts in goal, with Adam Bogdan hoping to hold off competition from Jussi Jaaskelainen and Robert Lainton.

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Mark Hughes could hand a first start to January signing Eidur Gudjohnsen, who reached the semi finals of the competition as a Wanderers player in 2000.

Philippe Senderos is doubtful with an Achilles problem, meaning he joins Dickson Etuhu and Bobby Zamora on the sidelines.

Hughes' side have been going well in the competition this season, netting ten goals in two games after 6-2 and 4-0 victories over Peterborough United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

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

Last Meeting:
14th August 2010
Premier League
Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Fulham

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