Macclesfield Town v Bolton - Preview

  • January 06, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton begin their assault on this season's FA Cup on Saturday when they travel to Macclesfield Town in third round of the competition.

Wanderers reached the semi-finals of the famous tournament last season, where they ultimately suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Stoke City at Wembley Stadium.

Nine months have passed since that sour day and Bolton boss Owen Coyle will be hoping to go one further and progress to the final this time round.

First up is a trip to Moss Rose where Gary Simpson's Macclesfield side will provide the opposition.

The two sides have met on just three previous occasions, most recently in August when goals from Tuncay and Martin Petrov gave the Trotters a 2-1 victory over the Silkmen in a Carling Cup tie at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton fielded a much changed side on that cold August evening and much of the same is expected on Saturday afternoon.

Gary Cahill looks set to complete a move to Chelsea in the coming days and will not feature, while Adam Bogdan will continue to deputise in goal as Jussi Jaaskelainen continues to recover from a thigh injury.

Cahill's absence from the Trotters defence should open a gap for David Wheater to reclaim a place in the team.

Wheater hasn't featured for Bolton since being sent off against Everton at the end of November and he could partner Zat Knight at the heard of defence.

Paul Robinson will be hopeful of displacing Sam Ricketts at left-back, while Gretar Steinsson could retain his place at right-back, despite facing competition from Joe Riley.

Chris Eagles, Fabrice Muamba and Martin Petrov are expected to retain their places in midfield, but Nigel Reo-Coker is likely to miss out at the expense of Darren Pratley.

Adam Blakeman may be handed a first start for the club, but he is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.

Kevin Davies could come back to spearhead the Bolton attack, while Robbie Blake and Tuncay Sanli could also make rare starts.

David Ngog and Ivan Klasnic are expected to travel to Cheshire, but a place among the substitutes is the most likely decision from Coyle.

Macclesfield come into the game on the back of a 4-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley on Monday, but they will be boosted by the return of George Donnelly and Nat Brown, who are both available after suspension.

Ben Tomlinson is unavailable after picking up a thigh strain against Stanley and he joins a huge list of injury absentees including Shaun Brisley, Matt Hamshaw, Lewis Chalmers, Sam Wedgbury, Ross Draper, Adam Roberts, Scott Kay, Vinny Mukendi and Greg Daniels.

Emile Sinclair scored against Wanderers back in August, but would later leave Moss Rose on transfer deadline day, joining Championship side Peterborough United.

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