Bolton Wanderers v Fulham - Preview

  • April 06, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton host Fulham at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, where they will be looking to register a fourth consecutive Premier League victory.

Wanderers' current run of three wins in a row is their best run of form since December 2006 and was enough to earn Owen Coyle the Barclays Manager of the Month award for March.

Coyle will be hoping to avoid the so-called 'curse' of the award by registering Bolton's first league win over Fulham since February 2007 and ensure Wanderers end the day outside the Premier League's relegation zone.

The hosts will be boosted by the return to fitness of Gretar Steinsson and Darren Pratley, who missed the win over Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend with knee and leg injuries, respectively.

Gregg Wylde is still awaiting clearance from FIFA, so Pratley could come back into the team to play alongside Nigel Reo-Coker and Mark Davies in midfield, with Martin Petrov and Ryo Miyaichi on the flanks.

Chris Eagles is pushing for a recall after impressing as a substitute at Wolves, but he may have to wait until Monday's game at Newcastle United before coming back into the team.

The same scenario may also apply to Kevin Davies, who scored the winning goal at Molineux after coming on to replace Ivan Klasnic.

Marcos Alonso should keep his place at left-back, with Sam Ricketts moving over to the right of the back four, with David Wheater and Tim Ream providing cover for Adam Bogdan in goal.

Fulham boss Martin Jol will hand a late fitness test to Pavel Pogrebnyak, who limped out of last weekend's win over Norwich City with a twisted ankle.

Clint Dempsey should start at the Reebok, but with Andrew Johnson out with a thigh problem, Orlando Sa could be handed a surprise start alongside the United States international in attack.

Zdenek Grygera and Steve Sidwell are out with knee and hernia injuries, respectively, and will take no part as Jol's team look to register only their third away league win of the campaign.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Jaaskelainen, Lynch, Steinsson, Alonso, Knight, Mears, Ricketts, Boyata, Wheater, Ream, Connolly, Riley, Eagles, Petrov, M Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi, Vela, Blakeman, Tuncay, K Davies, Klasnic, Blake, Ngog, Sordell, Eaves

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