Stoke City v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • May 12, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's fate will be decided on Sunday when they face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, with their Premier League status on the line.

Wanderers must win on their travels and hope Queens Park Rangers lose at Manchester City. Anything other than that combination will see Owen Coyle's side playing Championship football next season.

Bolton have won six times on their travels this season and they will be dreaming of repeating their 5-0 success over the Potters in November's reverse meeting between the two sides.

As has been the case all season, Coyle will have selection problems ahead of the game, with Mark Davies the latest name to be added to the sickness list after picking up a bout of tonsilitis during the week.

A late decision will be made over the fitness of Davies, with Nigel Reo-Coker also set to undergo a late fitness test after struggling all week with a hamstring injury.

Darren Pratley, Fabrice Muamba and Stuart Holden will also be missing from the midfield, so Martin Petrov and Chris Eagles should start, with Lee Chung-Yong in contention to make his first start of the season after missing nine months of action with a broken leg.

David Wheater looks set to miss the majority of next season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last weekend, while Gretar Steinsson is also unavailable after failing to recover from a torn thigh.

Stoke's only major injury concern ahead of the game is Marc Wilson, who is struggling with a back problem.

Andy Wilkinson could replace Wilson in the Potters defence, with Ryan Shawcross, Matthew Upson and Robert Huth all set to start.

Matthew Etherington looks set for a recall, while Cameron Jerome should hold off competition from Ricardo Fuller to partner Peter Crouch in attack.

Fuller is widely expected to leave the Britannia Stadium in the summer, so should play some part as a farewell to the Stoke supporters.

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

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