Bolton v Burnley

25 January 2010 12:18
Bolton manager Owen Coyle has fitness concerns over several players ahead of the visit of his former club Burnley.Mark Davies, Ricardo Gardner, Gavin McCann and Matt Taylor are all doubtful, but there could be a debut for on-loan midfielder Vladimir Weiss. [LNB]France Under-21 striker Frederic Nimani is in Burnley's squad, having joined on loan from Monaco. [LNB]Leading goalscorer Steven Fletcher will return after missing the FA Cup defeat by Reading with a slight ankle problem. [LNB][LNB]Bolton[LNB]Suspended: None [LNB]Doubtful: M Davies & McCann (both ankle), Gardner (groin), Taylor (unspecified) [LNB]Injured/unavailable: Davis & J O'Brien (both knee), Shittu (Africa Cup of Nations) [LNB]Burnley[LNB]Suspended: None Doubtful: None [LNB]Injured/unavailable: Bikey (Africa Cup of Nations), Caldwell (groin)[LNB] MATCH PREVIEW Bolton and Burnley, though close geographically, are far from neighbourly; certainly not at the moment.[LNB] I wasn't happy to see myself being portrayed as the bad guy... You will never hear me say a bad word about Burnley Bolton manager Owen Coyle Owen Coyle's decision to swap Burnley for Bolton 18 days before this fixture has fuelled the antipathy between the rival clubs. [LNB]Burnley chairman Barry Kilby accused the Scotsman of making a "sideways" move to manage Bolton, while Coyle insists he was not being disingenuous when he played down speculation linking him to the club before his eventual appointment. [LNB]Coyle certainly might have wished for better timing when he became Bolton manager on 8 January. He faces his former club following back-to-back league defeats against Arsenal, although he did get his first win in charge of Bolton on Saturday when his side defeated Sheffield United in the FA Cup. [LNB]Burnley suffered a cup upset at Reading and manager Brian Laws is still waiting for his first goal, let alone a win, since succeeding Coyle at Turf Moor. If Laws can engineer a first away victory of the season on Tuesday night he will become an instant fans' favourite. However, a win for Bolton would move them out of the relegation zone and above Burnley. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• This is the 120th meeting between these two clubs in all competitions. Burnley narrowly lead by 45 wins to 44, with 30 draws. [LNB]• Four of the last five matches have ended in draws, including a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day. [LNB] Is this the biggest game of the season for these clubs? Bolton[LNB]• Bolton have only earned 10 points from 11 home games this season. Only Portsmouth have a worse record in the Premier League. [LNB]• They have won just one of their last 11 league games (W1, D4, L6). [LNB]• The Trotters have not kept a clean sheet for 22 league games since a 0-0 draw with Sunderland in May. [LNB]• Kevin Davies is one goal shy of 50 for the club. [LNB]Burnley[LNB]• Burnley have yet to win a top-flight away match this season, managing a solitary point from 11 games. They have conceded at least two goals in each of those matches. [LNB]• They are on a ten-match winless run in the league (D5, L5) and have slipped to a season's worst position of 15th. [LNB]• Burnley have the worst record in the division against bottom-half opponents, earning seven points from nine matches. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Bolton[LNB]Cahill: 7 goals (5 league); Klasnic: 6 goals (6 league) [LNB][LNB]Burnley[LNB]S Fletcher: 9 goals (5 league); Alexander: 6 goals (5 league) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Martin Atkinson [LNB]Assistant referees: Dave Bryan & Jeremy Simpson [LNB]Fourth official: Nigel Miller [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Bolton (L2-4 v Arsenal, a): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson (Ricketts 90), Lee (Klasnic 81), M Davies (McCann 56), Muamba, Cohen, Taylor, K Davies. Subs not used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Elmander, A O'Brien. [LNB]Burnley (L0-3 v Manchester United, a): Jensen; Mears, Edgar, Duff, Jordan, Alexander, McDonald (Gudjonsson 73), Eagles (Blake 83), Elliott, Nugent, S Fletcher (Thompson 36). Subs not used: Penny, Kalvenes, Eckersley, Guerrero. [LNB][LNB] MOST RECENT MEETING Burnley 1-1 Bolton (26 Dec 2009) [LNB]Burnley scorer: Nugent 56. [LNB]Bolton scorer: Taylor 29.

Source: BBC_Sport