Bolton - Swansea City Preview: Trotters look to boost survival chances with win over Swans
Owen Coyle's side seek to recover from consecutive defeats against Brendan Rodgers' team and improve their confidence as they approach the run-in with two games in hand
By Arthur Virgo
Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts
Miyaichi, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Petrov
Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor
Dyer, Allen, Britton, Sinclair
Bolton manager Owen Coyle has tended to start David Ngog as a lone striker this season, but eight-goal top scorer Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies, who started the Trotters’ last match against Newcastle, could also feature alongside or instead of the forward.
Nigel Reo-Coker and Mark Davies will likely start and will be joined by Darren Pratley should Coyle opt for a three-man central midfield. Ryo Miyaichi has usually started above Chris Eagles on the right wing, but the English midfielder is likely to feature at some point.
Gretar Steinsson has resumed service at right-back since his return from injury alongside centre-backs David Wheater and Tim Ream, with Sam Ricketts moving across to left-back in place of Marcos Alonso.
Swansea have few injury worries and have fielded a settled line-up of late, although Brendan Rodgers could look to give some game time to squad players including striker Luke Moore, who started against Newcastle.
Nathan Dyer impressed last week against Blackburn and could start ahead of Wayne Routledge on the right wing.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bolton are a point below safety in the relegation zone in 18th position, but have two valuable games in hand against their rivals.
Owen Coyle was named manager of the month in March after his side propelled themselves up the table with three consecutive wins, but they have since gone on to lose their last two without scoring a goal.
- The Lancashire club have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last nine league games, conceding at least twice in seven of them.
The Trotters were beaten 3-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season in October (pictured) after the Swans’ 10-goal top scorer Danny Graham netted at both ends.
They got their revenge however with a 2-1 victory at home in the FA Cup fourth round in January.
Swansea City lie 12th in the table and are almost safe with 11 points separating them from from the relegation zone.
Brendan Rodgers’ side gained confidence last weekend as a comfortable 3-0 victory over Blackburn followed a run of four consecutive defeats.
The Swans’ took until the New Year to record their first away win but have since won four of their eight matches on their travels.
None of the Welsh side’s last 11 games have ended in draws, a tendency they share with their opponents who have drawn just two matches so far this season, the fewest in the Premier League.
- Swansea are 11/1 to win the game 2-1 with bet365.
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His pace and crossing ability will be valuable should the Trotters get the opportunity to break quickly against the possession-based game of their opponents.
He also brings a much needed directness to a side who can sometimes struggle to add the final ball needed to make the most of their possession.
The Swans showed class in their last home game against Blackburn but struggled in their last away game against a resolute QPR and could suffer the same fate at the Reebok Stadium.