Bolton Wanderers V Leeds United - Preview

  • October 02, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton play host to Leeds United on Tuesday night, in what has been deemed a win or bust situation for Wanderers boss Owen Coyle.

Coyle's side have struggled for consistency this season and currently occupy 18th place in the Championship. They lie just three points above the bottom three, but also four behind sixth placed Huddersfield Town, who currently fill the final play-off position.

The last time Wanderers and Leeds met was in May 2004, when goals from Kevin Nolan, Ian Harte(og) and a brace from Youri Djorkaeff consigned United to relegation from the Premier League.

Despite defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend, Bolton could start with an unchanged side against Neil Warnock's side.

Benik Afobe missed that game through injury, but is fit to return again, although he may have to settle for a place on the bench, with Kevin Davies and David Ngog expected to continue in attack.

Martin Petrov impressed during a brief cameo appearance, but he is unlikely to oust Chris Eagles from the left flank, with Mark Davies, Jay Spearing and Keith Andrews also hoping to start in midfield.

Like Petrov, Lee Chung-Yong also came off the bench against Palace, but he has struggled for form since returning from a broken leg and may also have to settle for a place on the bench.

Marcos Alonso has failed to recover from the injury he picked up against Sheffield Wednesday, so Stephen Warnock should continue at left back, with Zat Knight, Matt Mills and Tyrone Mears providing the cover for Adam Bogdan in goal.

Sam Ricketts is hoping to earn a recall, possibily at the heart of the defence, but he is unlikely to start after falling out of favour in recent weeks.

Bolton remain without the services of Stuart Holden, Josh Vela and David Wheater, who are all victims of long-term knee injuries.

David Norris could be set for a start for the visitors. The experienced midfielder made five appearances for Wanderers between 2000 and 2002. He has missed the last five games with a torn thigh muscle, but returned the bench against Bristol City at the weekend and may be given the chance to impress at the Reebok, 10 years after leaving the club.

Another former Trotter who is expected to start is El-Hadji Diouf. The former Senegal became Wanderers' club record signing in 2005 when he joined from Liverpool in a deal worth an estimated £4million. The 31-year-old made 136 appearances in total for Bolton, scoring 24 goals.

Lee Peltier and Paddy Kenny came through the win at Ashton Gate after respective injuries, while Dominic Poleon, Luke Varney, Danny Pugh and Adam Drury are all hoping to earn recalls to the starting eleven.

Ross McCormack and Paul Green will miss the game through injury, with Leeds looking to pile even more misery on Bolton's poor start to the campaign.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Mears, 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

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