Bolton Wanderers v Everton - Preview

  • January 25, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton welcome Everton to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, with a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup up for grabs.

Wanderers reached this stage after a 2-0 victory at Sunderland in a third round replay, while Everton were comfortable 5-1 winners at League Two side Cheltenham Town.

The third round success at the Stadium of Light was a bright point in an otherwise disappointing season for Dougie Freedman's side, who showed that they can still compete with Premier League opposition.

Just as he did in the previous round, Freedman is expected to shuffle his team - with the likes of Stuart Holden, Josh Vela and Marvin Sordell all in contention to feature at the Reebok.

One man who stood out against the Black Cats was Andy Lonergan. The former Preston North End goalkeeper was in superb form in both ties against Sunderland, but returned to the bench for the league games against Millwall and Crystal Palace, respectively. He is expected to start against Everton, with Adam Bogdan likely to be a substitute.

Speculation linking Marcos Alonso with a move away from Bolton continue, so the young Spaniard may be left out - with Sam Ricketts in contention to replace him at left-back. Tyrone Mears may get the nod ahead of the unfit Joe Riley on the other side of the defence, while Zat Knight and Tim Ream could continue in the middle. January signing Craig Dawson is ineligible for selection, after featuring for West Bromwich Albion in round three. Tom Eaves and Gregg Wylde are also cup-tied.

Matt Mills and David Wheater remain on the sidelines, along with midfielder Mark Davies.

Another likely absentee is Keith Andrews, who has been suffering with Achilles and thigh injuries in recent weeks. Jay Spearing and Darren Pratley look set to anchor the Bolton midfield, with Chris Eagles, Lee Chung-Yong, Benik Afobe and David Ngog all hoping to get the nod in the attacking midfield roles. New signing Jan Gregus isn't expected to feature, after joining the club on Friday.

Kevin Davies will make his 400th appearance for Bolton if he features, but Sordell is likely to start after scoring three of Bolton's four goals in the two ties against Sunderland. Craig Davies looks set to start on the bench.

Everton boss David Moyes looks set to welcome Kevin Mirallas back to his starting eleven, after coming off the bench for the final 20 minutes of the goalless draw at Southampton on Monday night.

Seamus Coleman limped out of that game at St Mary's with a thigh injury, meaning he will join Darron Gibson and Tony Hibbert on the sidelines.

Coleman was on target in the last round, as Everton fielded a team that has got it's sights set on lifting the famous old trophy. Nikica Jelavic, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman and Marouane Fellaini all featured against Cheltenham, as did first-choice goalkeeper Tim Howard - who famously scored against Bolton last season.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lainton, Lynch, Mears, Alonso, Ream, Knight, Ricketts, Riley, McKee, McQuade, Eagles, Spearing, Pratley, Holden, Vela, Chung-Yong, Blakeman, Lester, Gregus, Ngog, K Davies, Afobe, Sordell, C Davies, Sampson, Odelusi

Sky Bet Championship Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Hull City 17 17
21 Birmingham City 17 15
22 Burton Albion 18 14
23 Bolton Wanderers 18 13
24 Sunderland 18 11
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Who is Bolton's 2016/17 Player of the Year?
52.34% David Wheater
15.03% Mark Beevers
12.76% Gary Madine
10.81% Josh Vela
3.98% Jay Spearing
1.87% Andrew Taylor
1.26% Ben Alnwick
0.85% Liam Trotter
0.45% Mark Howard
0.41% Tom Thorpe
0.24% Lawrie Wilson