Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • February 26, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton return to Premier League action on Saturday when they make the tough trip to Newcastle United's St James' Park.

Wanderers' last two outings have both come in the FA Cup, providing away victories at both Wigan Athletic and Fulham respectively.

With the team currently in the midst of a good run of form, they will be looking to make it a hat-trick of away victories and continue their recent run which has seen them pick up five clean sheets in their last six games.

After the cup heroics of the last fortnight, Trotters boss Owen Coyle has a number of selection dilemma's ahead of the trip to the North East.

Ivan Klasnic, scorer of the winning goals in each of the last two games, is pushing for his first Premier League start of the season, but faces competition from Kevin Davies, Johan Elmander and the returning Daniel Sturridge, who was ineligible for the FA Cup clashes.

Sturridge has taken to the field three times in Wanderers colours and has scored in every game, leaving Coyle with a welcome selection problem in attack.

Another decision for Coyle to make is who to play on the left of midfield. After taking the place from Martin Petrov earlier in the season, Matt Taylor had made the position his own. However, two good outings from Petrov in the cup ties once again have the Bulgarian in contention for a starting berth.

Any two of Stuart Holden, Mark Davies and Fabrice Muamba should start in midfield, with Lee Chung-Yong starting on the right flank.

In defence, injury problems mean Marcos Alonso should start at left back, with Paul Robinson reverting to the right and Gary Cahill and David Wheater partnering up in the middle.

Jussi Jaaskelainen should return in goal at the expence of the impressive Adam Bogdan, who kept a clean sheet at Craven Cottage last weekend.

Sean Davis, Joey O'Brien and Ricardo Gardner are all out, as are Jlloyd Samuel and Gretar Steinsson, who are both nearing a return to action after long term problems.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will make a late decision on the fitness of Peter Lovenkrands. The Dane is suffering with a thigh injury, meaning Nile Ranger and Shefki Kuqi are on stand-by to partner Leon Best in attack.

Danny Guthrie will not line up against his former club as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem, while Shola Ameobi is also out with a fractured cheekbone.

Stephen Ireland, Dan Gosling, Alan Smith and Hatem Ben Arfa all join Guthrie on the sidelines, but there is more positive news regarding Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor, who are both fit again following long-term injuries.

Former Wanderers captain Kevin Nolan should lead the Magpies into battle on Saturday, hoping to make amends for their 5-1 thrashing at the Reebok Stadium earlier in the season.

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

Last Meeting:
20th November 2010
Premier League
Bolton Wanderers 5-1 Newcastle United

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