Bolton Wanderers v Arsenal - Preview

  • February 01, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Following the frenzy of transfer deadline day, attentions turn back to the field as Bolton host Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Premiership tickets are still available for this game by visiting TicketBis.

Wanderers were successful in bringing Marvin Sordell and Ryo Miyaichi to the Reebok Stadium on deadline day, although neither will be eligible to play.

Miyaichi is ineligible as he is on loan from the Gunners, while Sordell is unavailable as his Premier League registration was not completed in time for the game.

In fact, none of Bolton's three January signings are expected to feature against the Gunners, with Tim Ream also unavailable as he finalises a move from the United States.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle is likely to name a similar side to the one that beat Liverpool 11 days ago, although changes are expected.

Jussi Jaaskelainen is fit again after a month out with a knee injury and he is expected to replace Adam Bogdan in goal, despite the Hungary international producing a string of impressive performances.

Tyrone Mears is also available after missing the entire season so far with a broken leg, although he may have to wait for his Wanderers debut as Gretar Steinsson continues at right-back.

Sam Ricketts should retain his place at left-back, with David Wheater and Zat Knight continuing to pair up in the centre of Bolton's defence.

A change to 4-5-1 has yielded an upturn in results in recent weeks and Coyle is likely to stick with the formation, with Martin Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Fabrice Muamba and Chris Eagles prodiving the ammunition for David Ngog in the lone striker role.

Bolton remain without long-term injury absentees Stuart Holden, Lee Chung-Yong, Rob Lainton, Marcos Alonso and Ricardo Gardner. Sean Davis and Josh Vela are closing in on a return to fitness but won't be available.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be without Johan Djourou for the trip up north after the Switzerland international picked up a calf injury.

Bacary Sagna is set for a place on the bench after four months out with a broken leg, but Mikel Arteta and Thierry Henry are in line for returns after missing the FA Cup victory over Aston Villa with calf injuries.

Kieran Gibbs is back in training after a groin injury but he is expected to miss out, along with Carl Jenkinson, Andre Santos, Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere.

Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho are representing their respective countries at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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

Tickets for tonight's game are still available to purchase at TicketBis.

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
8 Burton Albion 13 19
9 Oxford United 12 18
10 Bolton Wanderers 13 18
11 Accrington Stanley 12 16
12 Portsmouth 12 15
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