Stoke v Bolton preview

04 March 2009 10:47
Stoke will be seeking to climb out of the bottom three as Bolton make their first-ever visit to the Britannia Stadium.

Tony Pulis' side go into the game with renewed confidence after their amazing last-gasp 2-2 draw with Aston Villa last weekend.

The home side welcome back long-throw specialist Rory Delap after a three-match ban and the midfielder is expected to go straight back into the starting XI with Danny Pugh likely to make way.

Ricardo Fuller and Glenn Whelan are both pushing for spots in the side after impressing off the bench against Villa.

Head injuryGoalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is expected to be fit after a head injury forced him off at half-time of Sunday's draw.

Abdoulaye Faye faces a late fitness test on the back injury which forced him to miss the game at Villa Park with Ibrahima Sonko standing by to continue to deputise for him.

Bolton chief Gary Megson has no new injury worries to contend with as the Trotters go in search of their third win on the trot.

Ricardo Gardner is hoping for a place in the starting XI after coming off the bench to score the winner against Newcastle on Sunday.

Possible starting XIsStoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Diao, Amdy Faye, Delap, Sidibe, Beattie.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, O'Brien, Samuel, McCann, Gardner, M Davies, Taylor, Elmander, K Davies.

Source: SKY_Sports