Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • October 15, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to local rivals Wigan Athletic on Saturday, with both sides looking to stop an alarming run of results.

Wanderers have lost their last six Premier League games and sit bottom of the table, while Wigan occupy 18th position after losing their last four outings in the league.

Owen Coyle's side will hope to start a fresh after the international break, with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea already ticked off their fixture list.

Coyle will welcome Ivan Klasnic back after suspension. The Croatia international has missed the last three games after his dismissal against Norwich City last month and he could partner David Ngog in attack, with Kevin Davies being forced to settle for a place on the bench.

Jussi Jaaskelainen is also expected to start at the DW Stadium. Jaaskelainen missed the 5-1 defeat to Chelsea last time out with a thigh strain and should regain his place from Adam Bogdan.

David Wheater is also back from a ban, but Gary Cahill and Zat Knight should continue in front of Jaaskelainen's goal, with Paul Robinson, Ricardo Gardner, Gretar Steinsson and Dedryck Boyata all hoping to get the nod in the full-back roles.

Gael Kakuta is available again after being ineligible against Chelsea, but he will do well to displace Martin Petrov from the starting line-up, as he is expected to play alongside Nigel Reo-Coker, Fabrice Muamba and Chris Eagles in midfield.

Stuart Holden will miss the next six months after further surgery on his injured knee, meaning he will join Lee Chung-Yong, Sam Ricketts, Tyrone Mears and Marcos Alonso on the treatment table.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez has Albert Crusat available again following injury and will also be boosted by the return of Steve Gohouri, who returns from suspension.

James McCarthy is a doubt after suffering from tonsillitis and Hugo Rodallega is a huge doubt, despite stepping up his rehabilitation from a knee injury he picked up last month.

Ali Al Habsi, who joined Wigan from Bolton in a £4million deal in the summer, will line up against his former club for the first time.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Jaaskelainen, Lainton, Steinsson, Robinson, Cahill, Knight, Boyata, Wheater, Connolly, Riley, Muamba, Eagles, Petrov, Gardner, M Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Kakuta, Vela, Blakeman, Tuncay, K Davies, Klasnic, Blake, Ngog, Obadeyi, O'Halloran

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Pos Team Pld Pts
13 Accrington Stanley 27 36
14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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