Bolton Wanderers V Crystal Palace - Preview

  • September 29, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton welcome Crystal Palace to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, as they go in search of back-to-back victories for the first time since March.

After winning at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, Wanderers enter a busy period of three games in the space of a week in what could prove a defining part of the season.

The Trotters haven't met Palace since February 2005, when a solitary Kevin Nolan strike gave Sam Allardyce's side a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park in what was then a Premier League fixture.

Owen Coyle was expected to go into the game by naming an unchanged side, but that may not be the case as he sweats on the fitness of Marcos Alonso, who picked up a knock at Hillsborough.

Should Alonso fail to prove his fitness ahead of the game, Stephen Warnock could make his debut in defence, with Sam Ricketts set to take a place on the bench.

Zat Knight and Matt Mills are beginning to forge a partnership in the Wanderers backline and should start, while Tyrone Mears is also set for a starting role after cementing his place in the team.

Jay Spearing and Keith Andrews have recovered from calf and Achilles injuries, respectively, and should keep their places alongside Chris Eagles and Mark Davies in midfield.

Martin Petrov and Lee Chung-Yong are unlikely to start, having found themselves on the bench in recent games.

Kevin Davies and David Ngog are the favourites to lead the line for Bolton, with Benik Afobe and Marvin Sordell both hoping to impress from the bench, should they be given the opportunity to feature.

Wanderers remain without the injured trio of Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela, while Tom Eaves is also unavailable after joining Bristol Rovers on a three-month loan deal earlier this week.

Palace have major doubts over the fitness of Peter Ramage, who limped out of last weekend's win over Cardiff City with a thigh problem.

Darcy Blake is likely to take Ramage's place in the centre of defence, with Joel Ward filling the right back position freed up by Blake's shift across the back line.

Danny Gabbidon is in contention to make his Eagles debut, but the former West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers defender is lacking match fitness following his move from Loftus Road.

Paddy McCarthy is definitely out with a groin injury, but there should be a place for Wilfried Zaha, who courted interest from Bolton in the January transfer window.

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

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Peterborough United 2 6
2 Exeter City 2 4
3 Bolton Wanderers 2 4
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2 4
5 Accrington Stanley 2 4
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