Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • April 28, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Sunderland on Saturday, knowing victory at the Stadium of Light will move them out of the Premier League's bottom three.

With Queens Park Rangers not in action until Sunday afternoon, Wanderers can leapfrog their relegation rivals by picking up three points in the North East.

Owen Coyle's side secured their first victory in four games with a 2-1 success at Aston Villa on Tuesday night, while Martin O'Neill's Sunderland have failed to win in any of their previous six league and cup games.

Bolton travel north sweating on the fitness of several of their star names.

Chris Eagles, Ryo Miyaichi and Mark Davies will all be given late fitness tests ahead of the game, where they will have to prove if they are available for selection.

Eagles limped out of the game at Villa Park with a hamstring strain, Miyaichi was taken off at half time with a shoulder complaint and Davies played the entire 90 minutes just days after picking up a twisted ankle.

Coyle will be hopeful of including the trio in his team, with Darren Pratley still sidelined with a virus and Gregg Wylde ineligible to play after his move from Glasgow Rangers last month.

Kevin Davies is pushing for a recall in attack after a superb display at Villa Park, but David Ngog may keep his place, with Davies coming on as a substitute later in the game.

Gretar Steinsson, Tim Ream, David Wheater and Sam Ricketts should continue to provide the cover for Adam Bogdan in goal.

Sunderland will be without the services of Sebastian Larsson and Kieran Richardson, after the duo were ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing hernia surgery.

Lee Cattermole is in contention for a recall after overcoming a knee problem and he could take the place of Craig Gardner, who is suspended following a red card against Aston Villa last weekend.

Titus Bramble is back in training after injury, but Saturday's game with the Trotters could come too soon for the former Newcastle United and Ipswich Town defender.

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

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