Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland - Preview

  • May 07, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton host Sunderland on Saturday, with Wanderers hoping to make it six successive home Premier League victories for the first time ever.

Since losing to Chelsea at the end of January, Owen Coyle's side have registered home victories over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton, Aston Villa, West Ham United and Arsenal.

The victory over the Gunners a fortnight ago was Bolton's only success in their last four games though, as their struggles continue on the road.

Last weekend's outing saw an injury ravaged Wanderers team lose 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers.

Daniel Sturridge, Gretar Steinsson, Sam Ricketts, Stuart Holden and Sean Davis all missed that game through injury, while Jussi Jaaskelainen was left on the bench as Adam Bogdan started in goal.

Jaaskelainen will start against the Black Cats and the Trotters will be hopeful that Sturridge, Steinsson and Mark Davies will return after their respective injuries.

Ricardo Gardner could also start, despite limping out of the defeat at Ewood Park with a hamstring problem.

Marcos Alonso will not feature after being arrested in Madrid during the early hours of Monday morning, with the defender waiting to hear whether he will face a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

An unchanged defence of Paul Robinson, Gary Cahill, Zat Knight and David Wheater should start, with Matt Taylor, Fabrice Muamba, Tamir Cohen and Johan Elmander providing the ammunition for Kevin Davies and the returning Sturridge in attack.

If Bolton's injury list wasn't bad enough, it is nothing compared to Sunderland's, with manager Steve Bruce struggling to name a team of senior players.

Kieran Richardson was ruled out for the rest of the season on Friday, with news filtering through that the former Manchester United man had suffered a stress fracture of his shin.

Jordan Henderson and Lee Cattermole are doubts, as is John Mensah, with Ryan Noble likely to take the Ghanian's place after scoring twice for the reserves in midweek.

Asamoah Gyan, Fraizer Campbell and Danny Welbeck are all missing, as are Titus Bramble and Craig Gordon, who are both struggling to prove their fitness ahead of the game.

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

Last Meeting:
18th December 2010
Premier League
Sunderland 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

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