Bolton v West Bromwich Albion - Preview

  • May 05, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton play their final home game of the season on Sunday as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night and are stuck in the bottom three of the Premier League with just two games remaining.

Even victory over the Baggies may not lift Owen Coyle's side out of the relegation zone, but it would give them some much needed confidence ahead of next weekend's season finale at Stoke City.

As has been the problem in recent weeks, Bolton have injury problems to contend with ahead of the game.

Nigel Reo-Coker limped out of the defeat to Spurs and will be given a late fitness test ahead of the game, as will Chris Eagles and Mark Davies, who have both been struggling with hamstring injuries.

Darren Pratley remains sidelined with a virus and with Stuart Holden and Fabrice Muamba also out of action, Wanderers are very thin on bodies in midfield.

Lee Chung-Yong completed 75 minutes for the reserves on Friday morning and could be a surprise inclusion in the squad, although he is unlikely to make it onto the field after nine months out with a broken leg.

Should Reo-Coker fail to prove his fitness, Josh Vela may be handed his first senior start for the club after making three substitute appearances in the last fortnight.

With Gretar Steinsson struggling to overcome a thigh injury, Dedryck Boyata should continue at right back, with David Wheater, Tim Ream and Sam Ricketts completing the backline infront of Adam Bogdan in the Trotters goal.

Kevin Davies and David Ngog should also continue in attack, holding off competition from Ivan Klasnic and Marvin Sordell, who continues to wait for his first appearance since February.

Baggies boss Roy Hodgson will be keen to leave the club on a high after being named as the new England manager this week.

The trip to the Reebok will be Hodgson's penultimate game in charge of West Brom and he will be hopeful of securing a top half finish, with the club currently occupying 10th place in the Premier League.

One-time Bolton target James Morrison will be handed a late fitness test ahead of the game, as he hopes to recover from a knee injury.

Shane Long is a doubt after picking up a knock against Aston Villa last weekend, so Marc-Antoine Fortune could be handed a rare start in his place.

Should Long prove his fitness, he should partner Peter Odemwingie in attack, with support coming from Jerome Thomas and Chris Brunt in midfield.

Zoltan Gera and Steven Reid continue to struggle with injuries and will miss the game, while Ben Foster will play the penultimate game of his loan spell before returning to Birmingham City.

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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13 Accrington Stanley 20 27
14 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
16 Cambridge United 20 23
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