Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • May 13, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will be at the seaside on Saturday when they make the long awaited trip to Blackpool's Bloomfield Road.

Wanderers haven't played a competitive game at Blackpool since February 1993, when a John McGinlay penalty earned Bruce Rioch's side a 1-1 draw in a season where they clinched promotion as Division 2 runners-up.

Things will be very different this time round though, with Owen Coyle hoping to secure a top ten finish for his side, while the Seasiders will be hoping to claim three points in their bid to preserve their Premier League status for a second season.

Blackpool have won just one of their last 10 home league games, while Bolton have picked up just one point from their last 11 away outings.

If the Trotters are to take anything back to the Reebok Stadium, they will need to perform better than they did last weekend, when they fell to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Sunderland.

Despite the poor showing, Coyle could name an unchanged side from that game because of the injuries which have ravaged his squad in recent weeks.

Mark Davies has been ruled out until the start of pre-season after undergoing surgery on a troublesome ankle injury, meaning he joins the likes of Stuart Holden, Sam Ricketts, Sean Davis and Joey O'Brien on the sidelines.

Johan Elmander looks set to start in midfield once again, with Fabrice Muamba, Tamir Cohen and Ricardo Gardner all hoping to get the nod to partner him.

Matt Taylor faces competition from Martin Petrov for a place on the left flank, while Rodrigo Moreno is expected to start ahead of Lee Chung-Yong on the right, providing the ammunition for Kevin Davies and Daniel Sturridge in attack.

Paul Robinson, Gary Cahill, Zat Knight and Gretar Steinsson should provide the defence for Jussi Jaaskelainen, although David Wheater will be hopeful of making a rare start.

After coming so close to three points at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Blackpool could also line up with an unchanged side.

Jermaine Defoe rescued a late point for Spurs at White Hart Lane, just when it was starting to look like Charlie Adam's second half penalty was going to seal the victory for Ian Holloway's men.

Former Wanderers midfielder Chris Basham will miss the game with a knee injury and he joins David Carney on the sidelines.

DJ Campbell and Sergei Kornilenko will be hoping to start in attack, although James Beattie is pushing for a rare start following his January loan move from Glasgow Rangers.

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

Last Meeting:
27th November 2010
Premier League
Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Blackpool

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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20 Tranmere Rovers 2 1
21 Bolton Wanderers 2 0
22 Oldham Athletic 2 0
23 Grimsby Town 2 0
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