Bolton Wanderers v Swansea City - Preview

  • April 21, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Swansea City at the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers have not played since the Easter Monday defeat at Newcastle United, almost two weeks ago. The reversal at the Sports Direct Arena came 48 hours after a 3-0 defeat at home to Fulham and left Owen Coyle's side deep in relegation trouble.

After a recent poor run, Swansea bounced back with a win over Blackburn Rovers last weekend and head north having secured their place in the top flight next season.

Bolton go into the game two points short of Queens Park Rangers, but with two games in hand over their rivals as the season enters the final month.

David Ngog and Ryo Miyaichi dropped to the bench last time out, but both return to the starting line-up for the visit of the Swans, with Kevin Davies and Chris Eagles the most likely casualties.

Darren Pratley should be fit to face his old club, despite struggling with a virus all week. Sam Ricketts, another former Swan, should start in one of the full-back positions, with Marcos Alonso and Gretar Steinsson both hoping to get the nod, too.

Tim Ream and David Wheater should complete the Bolton backline, providing the cover for Adam Bogdan in goal.

The midfield trio of Martin Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker and Mark Davies are likely to start, with Coyle set to field his strongest available team.

Lee Chung-Yong is expected to train with the reserve team over the weekend, but is still some distance away from a return to first-team action.

Gregg Wylde is still awaiting official clearance from FIFA following his move from Glasgow Rangers, so is ineligible to play.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers may give some of the club's younger players the opportunity to impress in the closing weeks of the season, but he is expected to name a similar side to the one that beat Blackburn last time out.

A brace from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a strike from Nathan Dyer was enough to give them three points against Rovers and both players should start at the Reebok.

Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair should also start, with Graham out to end a run of nine games without a goal.

Leon Britton and Joe Allen are expected to push forward from midfield, with former Wanderers target Josh McEachran taking his place on the Swansea bench.

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, Obadeyi

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