Bolton Wanderers v Swansea City - Preview

  • January 27, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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After seeing off Macclesfield Town in the previous round, Bolton host Swansea City in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Following a 2-2 draw at Moss Rose at the start of the month, Wanderers ran out 2-0 winners in a replay at the Reebok Stadium last week courtesy of goals from Kevin Davies and Martin Petrov.

With Owen Coyle's side hosting Arsenal on Wednesday night, before travelling to Norwich City next Saturday, changes to the Bolton team are likely to be made in a bid to keep everybody fit for the upcoming week.

Wanderers completed the signing of Tim Ream from New York Red Bulls earlier in the week, but he will not be available for Saturday's FA Cup tie as he has flown back to the United States to complete all the necessary paperwork required for him to leave the country.

Ream's absence means David Wheater and Zat Knight should continue to operate at the heart of the Bolton defence.

Dedryck Boyata is also in contention for a starting place in central defence, with any two of Sam Ricketts, Paul Robinson, Gretar Steinsson and Joe Riley hoping to fill the full-back positions.

Tyrone Mears is closing in on a return to fitness and, ultimately, a first-team debut for the club, but he isn't expected to feature against the Swans.

Jussi Jaaskelainen remains a doubt with a thigh injury picked up last month, so Adam Bogdan should continue to deputise in goal, with Jay Lynch taking his place on the bench.

Tuncay impressed against the Silkmen in the last round and may be given another chance to shine at the expense of Chris Eagles, who produced a superb display against Liverpool last time out.

Martin Petrov should continue on the left flank, with Mark Davies, Fabrice Muamba, Nigel Reo-Coker and Darren Pratley all hoping to get the nod in the centre of midfield.

Should Pratley feature, he, along with Ricketts, will be lining up against his former club.

David Ngog has been the preferred choice in attack of late, but with Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic instrumental in seeing off Macclesfield, they will both be pushing for a recall to the side after losing their places in recent weeks.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers will be able to call upon the services of Alan Tate, who is back in the squad after missing the entire season with a broken leg.

Steven Caulker is ineligible due to the terms of his loan agreement with Tottenham Hotspur, but Josh McEachran is available to play after joining the club on loan from Chelsea.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lynch, Steinsson, Robinson, Knight, Ricketts, Boyata, 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
1 Peterborough United 2 6
2 Exeter City 2 4
3 Bolton Wanderers 2 4
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2 4
5 Accrington Stanley 2 4
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