Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton - Preview

  • March 17, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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90 minutes of football stand between Bolton Wanderers and second successive FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

Wanderers will face Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening, with Owen Coyle's side looking to match the achievements of last season, prior to their Wembley drubbing by Stoke City.

The odds may be against them, but Bolton can take heart from last weekend's win over Queens Park Rangers and live in hope of pulling off a shock.

With one eye on Tuesday night's Premier League game at Aston Villa, Coyle looks set to make a number of changes to his team.

Injuries have restricted Marcos Alonso to just three appearances this season, but he is fit and available again and could replace Sam Ricketts at left-back.

Zat Knight will push David Wheater and Tim Ream for a place at the heart of the defence, while Gretar Steinsson should continue at right-back, with Joe Riley and Tyrone Mears missing through illness and injury, respectively.

Jussi Jaaskelainen could make his first appearance in almost three months, but Coyle may decide to stick with Adam Bogdan, who has started every game in 2012.

Fabrice Muamba could come back at the expense of Darren Pratley, while Martin Petrov is expected to continue on the left after Chris Eagles pulled up with a hamstring injury last weekend.

Ryo Miyaichi, Nigel Reo-Coker and Mark Davies may complete the midfield, with Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies both hoping to get the nod over David Ngog to lead the attack.

Marvin Sordell is ineligible after playing for Watford earlier in the competition.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is sweating over the fitness of Emmanuel Adebayor ahead of the last eight meeting.

Adebayor is struggling with a hamstring problem, meaning he could join the likes of Michael Dawson, Jermaine Jenas and Tom Huddlestone on the sidelines.

Aaron Lennon is doubtful with a hamstring injury of his own, so Rafael van der Vaart, Louis Saha and Jake Livermore will all be hoping for recalls to the starting eleven.

Carlo Cudicini is set to start in goal for Spurs, with regular goalkeeper Brad Freidel on the bench as Heurelho Gomes continues to recover from knee surgery.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Jaaskelainen, Lynch, Steinsson, Alonso, Knight, Ricketts, Boyata, Wheater, Ream, Muamba, Petrov, M Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi, Vela, Blakeman, Tuncay, K Davies, Klasnic, Blake, Ngog, Eaves, O'Halloran

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