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Bolton Wanderers Football Club

  • Nickname:Wanderers
  • Founded:1874
  • Manager:Dougie Freedman
  • Ground:Reebok Stadium
  • Capacity:28000
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Preview: Bolton v Fulham

04 Feb 2010 - 12:34:54

Bolton Wanderers welcome Fulham to Reebok Stadium on Saturday knowing a win will seriously aid their current plight as they hover just above the relegation places.

Owen Coyle's men lost 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield last weekend and they have won just twice in their last 13 Premier League fixtures.

Despite the setback, Coyle may have been impressed with Chung-Yong Lee, who unsettled the Reds' back-line.

They are ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hull City, who occupy the final relegation place, on goal difference and with the Cottagers' miserable away record this term, the hosts will be looking for maximum points.

With Vladimir Weiss impressing in his two substitute appearances for the Trotters so far, he may be pushing for a start alongside fellow loan signing Jack Wilshere, who has made the move from Arsenal.

Bolton have won two of their last three league fixtures on home turf, only a defeat to Arsenal has hindered them recently, and they should be confident of another success.

However, Fulham's narrow 1-0 success against Portsmouth in midweek should improve morale after a disappointing run of recent results.

Jonathan Greening was the match-winner, notching his first goal for the club with just a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

Prior to Wednesday night's clash, Roy Hodgson's men had lost their last five league fixtures.

Chelsea, Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa had all put Fulham to the sword before the three points picked up against rock-bottom Pompey helped move them up one place into tenth spot.

A trio of knee injury victims are ruled out for the visitors with John Paintsil, Andrew Johnson and Clint Dempsey still in the treatment room. Paul Konchesky (ankle) is another who is still unavailable to his manager.

Bolton are without long-term pair Sean Davis and Joey O'Brien (both knee).

Midfielder Gavin McCann (thigh) isn't far away from a return to the first-team fold but it is unsure whether Coyle will rush him back for Saturday's game.


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