Sunderland matchfile

14 August 2009 04:48

Jaaskelainen Ricketts Cahill Knight Robinson Elmander Muamba Davis Gardner Taylor Davies

It is likely to be close but Steve Bruce can get off to a winning start.

Scott Wilson Bent Richardson Reid Leadbitter Cattermole Malbranque McCartney Collins Ferdinand Bardsley Fulop


Sunderland subs (from): Gordon, Cana, Jones, Campbell, Nosworthy, Henderson, Da Silva.

Bolton subs (from): Hunt, Shittu, Riga, Steinsson, Samuel, Basham, Al-Habsi.

SUNDERLAND: Steve Bruce will assess Kenwyne Jones fitness before deciding on his starting line-up. Jones only returned from international duty yesterday and the long trek is playing on Bruces mind. Craig Gordon will not play, despite making good progress from a knee problem. There are slight doubts over Phil Bardsley (ankle) and Andy Reid (thigh).

Suspensions: None

Injuries: McShane (knee)

Last five League games: LLDLL

Next game: Chelsea (h), 18/8

BOLTON: Gary Megson could hand first starts to summer signings Sam Ricketts and Paul Robinson. If that is the case then Jlloyd Samuel and Greitar Steinsson will be the men left out. With Gavin McCann likely to be missing, Sean Davis should start in midfield. South Korean recruit Lee Chung-Yong is unavailable.

Suspensions: None

Injuries: OBrien (groin), McCann (hamstring)

Last five League games: LDDDD

Key player: Johan Elmander - the Swede proved himself to be a Premier League player last season.

Last season: 0-0

Head to head: Sunderland 51, Bolton 46, Draws 32

Referee: Andre Marriner (Walsall)

Last Sunderland game: v West Ham (h) 29/3/08, 2-1, Y3 R0

Odds: H 5/4; A9/4; D9/4

Its a fact: If Steve Bruce is going to enjoy a win in his first match in charge, he will have to ensure that Sunderland win at the Reebok for the first time since 2001.

Prediction: 1-2

Source: Northern_Echo

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