Team News: Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers

  • October 31, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Sunderland must beat Bolton on Tuesday to avoid equalling an unwanted English league record of 19 home games without a win.

The Black Cats, who start the evening two points above Wanderers in 23rd position in the Championship, are winless in their last 18 home outings in all competitions dating back to December 2016.

They are unbeaten in their last seven league games against the Trotters - winning five and drawing two - but the midweek visitors were victorious on their last trip to the Stadium of Light - winning 2-0 in an FA Cup tie in January 2013.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has three new injury concerns ahead of the game, with Andrew Taylor, Filipe Morais and Adam Le Fondre all struggling to be passed fit.

Taylor was forced off early in the second half at Fulham on Saturday with a back injury and is awaiting results of scans, while both Morais and Le Fondre picked up minor knocks that could rule them out or, at the very least, restrict them to substitute roles.

Chris Taylor remains unavailable due to a knee ligament injury, although there is more positive news on the fitness of Will Buckley, who could come up against his former club after recovering from a calf problem that has dogged his campaign so far.

Connor Hall has made the journey to the North East and could make his first senior start, while Antonee Robinson, on loan from Everton, is likely to start at left-back should Taylor fail to prove his fitness prior to kick-off.

Sammy Ameobi and Josh Vela will be monitored after recently returning from absences of their own, while Jem Karacan is available after missing the last three games.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Turner, Little, A Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Robinson, Osede, Darby, Wheater, Burke, Vela, Karacan, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Cullen, Pratley, Morais, Henry, King, Le Fondre, Madine, Wilbraham, Armstrong, Hall

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Pos Team Pld Pts
11 Port Vale 14 19
12 Harrogate Town 14 19
13 Bolton Wanderers 14 19
14 Morecambe 14 19
15 Crawley Town 14 18
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone