Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United - Preview

  • December 24, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will be looking for their first back-to-back victories of the season when they host Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

Wanderers moved off the bottom of the Premier League table with a 2-1 victory at Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night and could potentially move out of the relegation zone with victory over the Magpies.

Alan Pardew's side had a superb start to the campaign but have now gone six games without a win, adding extra appeal to the festive clash at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton have been hampered with injury problems throughout the course of this season and the curse struck again at Ewood Park in midweek.

Marcos Alonso was making only his second appearance since returning from a broken foot, only to limp off the field after 57 minutes. Scans revealed damage to a pin which was inserted to heal the initial injury and the Spaniard will be missing for six weeks after undergoing surgery to correct the problem.

Alonso's absense will provide Paul Robinson with a chance to impress in the Bolton defence.

David Wheater is available again after missing the last four games through suspension but he is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench, with Gary Cahill and Zat Knight continuing to occupy the central defensive positions.

Joe Riley and Sam Ricketts both completed 90 minute in a friendly for the reserves on Christmas Eve, but Gretar Steinsson is expected to continue at right back, with Dedryck Boyata named amongst the substitutes.

Owen Coyle is likely to stick with the same midfield that featured in the win at Blackburn, meaning no place in the starting eleven for Chris Eagles, while Kevin Davies could come back to partner Ivan Klasnic attack at the expense of David Ngog.

Wanderers remain without Stuart Holden, Lee Chung-Yong, Sean Davis, Ricardo Gardner, Tyrone Mears, Rob Lainton and Josh Vela, who are all continuing their rehabilitation from injury.

Newcastle will have Yohan Cabaye available after suspension, while Davide Santon will have a late fitness test ahead of the game after struggling with a knee problem.

Danny Guthrie, who spent a season on loan at Bolton in 2007/08, will miss the trip to his former club, meaning he will join Peter Lovenkrands and Dan Gosling on the sidelines as they miss out through injury and suspension, respectively.

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
11 Ipswich Town 20 27
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
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