Bolton v Blackburn

10 December 2010 12:54
Bolton are hoping midfielder Stuart Holden will be fit after missing the last two matches with a thigh injury.Fellow midfielders Sean Davies and Joey O'Brien remain long-term absentees with knee injuries. [LNB]Blackburn midfielder Martin Olsson has had a full week's training and returns to the squad after six weeks out with a hamstring strain. [LNB]But Rovers are still without injured midfield trio Keith Andrews, Vince Grella and Steven Nzonzi. [LNB][LNB]Bolton[LNB]Doubtful: Holden (thigh) [LNB]Injured: Davis & J O'Brien (both knee), Gardner (thigh), Samuel (calf) [LNB]Blackburn[LNB]Injured: Andrews & Grella (both groin), Nzonzi (hamstring) [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW After suffering their heaviest top-flight defeat for 63 years, Blackburn bounced back last week with their biggest win of the season and recent history suggests Rovers manager Sam Allardyce might continue the winning momentum against his old club. [LNB] It's a derby between two very good teams and I think it's fair to say that both will be going all out to win the match Bolton manager Owen Coyle It was Allardyce who oversaw Bolton's last victory over Blackburn, which was more than four years ago. Meanwhile, Rovers haven't lost at the Reebok Stadium in 10 matches stretching back over a decade. [LNB]Yet it is Bolton who can claim superiority in terms of league position, with Owen Coyle's side playing effectively and attractively, the latter something Big Sam was rarely accused of when he steered the Trotters to four consecutive top eight finishes from 2004 to 2007. [LNB]Bolton slipped up at Manchester City last week but they went into the weekend sixth in the table and have scored 11 goals in their last three home games - with form like that, home fans will be expecting their side to end their miserable recent record against their local rivals. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• Blackburn are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Bolton. Current Rovers manager Sam Allardyce was in charge at Bolton the last time Wanderers beat Blackburn - that was when Ivan Campo scored as Bolton won 1-0 at Ewood Park on 22 October 2006. [LNB]• Just two of the 18 Premier League games between the sides has ended in a home win while the away side has taken the spoils on seven occasions. [LNB]• Blackburn have a good record at the Reebok Stadium and have not lost there since winning promotion back to the Premier League in 2001 - a run of 10 matches (W5, D5). [LNB][LNB] Have your say on Sunday's derby Bolton[LNB]• Bolton have not kept a clean sheet since a 0-0 draw with Fulham on the opening day of the season. [LNB]• Wanderers have lost just one of their last six league matches and have only been beaten once at home this season (1-0 by Liverpool at the end of October). [LNB]• Bolton have committed more fouls than any other Premier League side this season - 208. [LNB]• The Trotters have the best penalty record in this season's Premier League, with Kevin Davies converting all four they have been awarded. [LNB]• Zat Knight has made 249 career appearance. [LNB]Blackburn[LNB]• Rovers have won four of their last six league matches. [LNB]• Only Manchester United (14) have earned more points over the last six games than Blackburn (12). [LNB]• Blackburn haven't beaten a team in the top half of the table this season (D2, L6). [LNB]• Rovers have conceded more away goals (19) than any other Premier League team this season - seven of those were shipped at Manchester United last time out. [LNB]• Pascal Chimbonda has made 149 Premier League appearances. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Bolton[LNB]Elmander: 8 goals (8 league); K Davies: 6 goals (6 league) [LNB][LNB]Blackburn[LNB]Pedersen: 4 goals (4 league); Mame Diouf: 4 goals (1 league) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Mark Clattenburg [LNB]Assistant referees: Scott Ledger & Martin Yerby [LNB]Fourth official: Anthony Taylor [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Bolton (L1-0 v Man City, a): Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee (Moreno 82), Mark Davies, Muamba, Petrov (Taylor 63), Elmander (Klasnic 77), Kevin Davies. Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Steinsson, Blake, Cohen. [LNB]Blackburn (W3-0 v Wolves, h): Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Jones, Emerton, Dunn (Mame Diouf 52), Pedersen, El-Hadji Diouf (Morris 72), Roberts (Mwaruwari 82). Subs Not Used: Bunn, Kalinic, Hoilett, Hanley.

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