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  • April 08, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to get back to winning ways on Easter Monday when they travel to high-flying Newcastle United.

Wanderers' run of three consecutive Premier League victories was brought to an abrupt end on Saturday as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Fulham at the Reebok Stadium.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle believes his players failed to reach the levels they are capable of and may decide to ring the changes as his squad prepare to play their second game in the space of 48 hours.

Marcos Alonso picked up a calf injury in the defeat to the Cottagers and will be handed a late fitness test ahead of the game, with Gretar Steinsson on standby to regain his place after recovering from a knee problem.

Should Steinsson come back into the side, Sam Ricketts could move across to fill the void left by Alonso, with Zat Knight possibly coming in for David Wheater or Tim Ream in the centre of the Wanderers defence.

Coyle admitted last week that he may decide to give Ryo Miyaichi a rest, so Chris Eagles is in contention to make his first league start since February.

Like Miyaichi, Darren Pratley was replaced at half-time on Saturday and his place could be under threat should Coyle decide to change formation, with Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic both hopeful of starting alongside David Ngog in attack.

Martin Petrov, Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker should retain their places, as should Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal.

Stuart Holden, Lee Chung-Yong, Fabrice Muamba, Sean Davis and Ricardo Gardner all remain sidelined, while Gregg Wylde remains ineligible to play as he continues to wait for official clearance from FIFA.

Newcastle go into the game on the back of four consecutive league wins and they lie just three points short of a place in next season's UEFA Champions League.

The Magpies have had an extra 24 hours to prepare for the game, following on from their 2-0 win at Swansea City on Good Friday.

Papiss Cisse scored both of Newcastle's goals at the Liberty Stadium and he should continue to lead the attack, with support coming from Demba Ba, who scored in the reverse fixture at the Reebok Stadium on Boxing Day.

Manager Alan Pardew has concerns over the fitness of Yohan Cabaye and Chieck Tiote, who both picked up minor injuries against the Swans.

Danny Guthrie is unlikely to face his former club as he continues to recover from a hamstring strain, while there will be no place for the injured list of Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best, Sammy Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux.

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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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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