Burnley V Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • August 18, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton begin life outside the Premier League on Saturday when they make the short trip to Burnley in their first npower Championship game of the season.

Not since the 2000/01 season have Wanderers played outside the top flight of English football. Strangely enough, they opened that campaign with a game against the Clarets.

After seeing his side destroyed by injuries last season, Trotters boss Owen Coyle has almost every player of his squad fit and available to choose from.

Stuart Holden and David Wheater are the major long-term absentees as both continue to recover from serious knee injuries, while Rob Lainton and Joe McKee, who joined Bolton from Burnley in the summer, are also unavailable.

David Ngog is a doubt with a back injury, but Coyle will give the Frenchman time to prove his fitness ahead of the Lancashire derby.

Two players Bolton will be able to call upon are Lee Chung-Yong and Tyrone Mears, who missed the majority of the previous campaign with broken legs. Should he feature, Mears will be playing against his former club, as will Chris Eagles, who is expected to start.

Matt Mills, Keith Andrews and Benik Afobe may all be handed debuts, but Gregg Wylde and Andy Lonergan may have to wait for their Wanderers bows by sitting on the bench.

Following the summer departure of Jussi Jaaskelainen, Adam Bogdan is expected to retain his place as Bolton's number one this term, with Sam Ricketts, Zat Knight, Tim Ream, Mills and Mears all competing for places infront of him.

Eagles and Andrews should start in midfield, with Chung-Yong, Martin Petrov and Mark Davies also pressing for starting roles, while Kevin Davies should partner either Afobe or Marvin Sordell in attack.

Burnley boss Eddie Howe is sweating on the fitness of Chris McCann, who was forced off the field with an ankle problem during Burnley's 3-1 success over Port Vale in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Marvin Bartley is also struggling with an ankle injury, while Keith Tracey remains on the sidelines after failing to recover from a groin strain.

Charlie Austin should lead the line for the Clarets, with Martin Paterson and Sam Vokes both hoping to get the nod to partner last season's leading goalscorer.

Summer signings Brian Stock and Jason Shackell are pushing for starts, as is Joseph Mills, who could find himself on the opposite team to his brother, Matt.

The last time the two sides were in league action outside the top flight was in December 2000, when a brace from Michael Ricketts gave Wanderers a 2-0 win at Turf Moor.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Mears, Alonso, Mills, Ream, Knight, Ricketts, Riley, McQuade, Eagles, Andrews, Petrov, Wylde, M Davies, Pratley, Vela, Chung-Yong, Blakeman, Ngog, K Davies, Afobe, Sordell, O'Halloran, Eaves, Sampson, Odelusi

Referee: Jonathan Moss

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