Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • February 03, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Carrow Road for the first time in eight years on Saturday, with Paul Lambert's Norwich City ready for the Trotters.

Jay-Jay Okocha and Fernando Hierro were on target for Wanderers on that cold December day in 2004 and similar freezing conditions are expected this weekend.

Conditions aren't expected to exceed zero degrees celcius so managers, players and supporters will all be hoping for a heated battle on the pitch.

After a terrible start to the season, Owen Coyle's Bolton side picked up seven points from their four games in January to move out of the relegation zone.

Four points from their last two outings, against Liverpool and Arsenal, have provided renewed optimism and confidence at the Reebok Stadium and Coyle will be hopeful of securing three points in the battle for survival against the Canaries.

The Bolton boss is expected to stick with a similar side that drew with Arsenal on Wednesday night, although he may be forced into one change with Gretar Steinsson a major doubt with a hamstring injury picked up in that game.

January signings Ryo Miyaichi and Marvin Sordell may figure, although they are likely to start the game on the bench. Fellow signing Tim Ream will be at Carrow Road, but will be unavailable after arriving back in the country late on Friday night.

Jussi Jaaskelainen is fit again after missing the last month through injury, but he is also expected to take a place on the bench, with Adam Bogdan continuing in goal.

With Steinsson a likely absentee, Joe Riley should start ahead of Tyrone Mears at right-back, with Zat Knight, David Wheater and Sam Ricketts completing the Wanderers backline.

Martin Petrov, Fabrice Muamba, Nigel Reo-Coker, Mark Davies and Chris Eagles should start in midfield, with David Ngog continuing ahead of Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic in the lone-forward role.

Sean Davis and Lee Chung-Yong have been added to Bolton's 25-man squad for the rest of the campaign, but they will join Stuart Holden, Rob Lainton, Marcos Alonso and Josh Vela on the sidelines.

Ricardo Gardner has been removed from the squad due to injury and may have played his last game for the club.

Despite losing 3-0 at Sunderland in midweek, Norwich boss Paul Lambert may decide to name an unchanged side for the visit of the Trotters.

City managed to keep hold of Grant Holt during the transfer window, despite late interest from Glasgow Rangers on deadline day.

Hold should start in attack for Lambert's side, with top-goalscorer Steve Morison partnering him.

James Vaughan and Elliott Ward are available after injury, but there will be no place for the likes of Marc Tierney, Declan Rudd and Jonny Howson as they continue to recover from knocks of their own.

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Accrington Stanley 20 27
14 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
16 Cambridge United 20 23
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