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Preview: Bolton v Man Utd
25 Mar 2010 - 15:24:51
Bolton Wanderers have it all to do if they are to turn their poor recent record around against Premier League leaders Manchester United as they meet at Reebok Stadium on Saturday evening.
Owen Coyle's men may have turned the corner in recent times, securing victories in three of their last five games.
This run has propelled them into 14th spot and more importantly, eight points ahead of the drop zone, with just seven games to play.
But the Red Devils have won nine of their previous ten league meetings against the Trotters and with the form Wayne Rooney is in, that may read ten from 11 on Saturday night.
The talismanic front man has scored 17 in his last 13 appearances, aiding their rise to the summit of the table.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men will be striving to gather a further victory ahead of their crucial clash against Chelsea next weekend.
Since their 3-1 away-day loss to Everton on February 20, United have won their last four games, culminating with a 2-1 victory against fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
Fergie's side collected three points at Old Trafford earlier in the season as they limped to a 2-1 win against Bolton.
An early Zat Knight own goal and Antonio Valencia's first goal for the club put the hosts into a two-goal lead.
Matthew Taylor's strike with 15 minutes to go reduced the deficit but United held on for the success.
United are without a whole host of first-team players with Danny Welbeck (knee), Michael Owen (hamstring) and Anderson (cruciate ligament) all out for the rest of the season.
Wes Brown (metatarsal) is expected to return at the end of April alongside defender John O'Shea (thigh).
The visitors will be without Stuart Holden (broken leg) and Chris Basham (knee), who could make a return next month.
Gavin McCann (ankle), Sean Davis (cruciate ligament) and Joey O'Brien (knee) are some way from making a comeback.
Greitar Steinsson will also miss the clash through suspension after his dismissal in the 2-0 defeat to Everton last weekend.