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January 5, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Reebok Stadium — Bolton
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Bolton - Sunderland Preview: Trotters and Black Cats hope to forget poor league form with strong cup showing

With Dougie Freedman and Martin O'Neil's sides struggling for points in their respective divisions so far this season, the FA Cup provides a welcome distraction for both clubs

By Theo Squires

EPL,Connor Wickham, David Wheater,Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland
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BOLTON

Bogdan
Mears, Ream, Knight, Alonso
Andrews

Eagles, Spearing, Pratley, Lee
Davies
SUNDERLAND
  Sunderland
Mignolet
Gardner, Killagon, Cuellar, Rose
Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean
Sessegnon
Fletcher

After making their comebacks as substitutes against Leeds United on Tuesday, Benik Afobe and David Ngog (both knocks) are both pushing for starts to Dougie Freedman's starting XI as Bolton welcome Sunderland to the Reebok Stadium.

Mark Davies (shoulder), Josh Vela and David Wheater (both knee) remain out, while Matt Mills and Stuart Holden are both short of match fitness.

Following Tueday's heavy defeat to Liverpool, Sunderland boss. Martin O'Neil will consider whether to rotate his side or not as his side prepare for this FA Cup third round clash.

John O'Shea could return after missing the trip to Anfield through illness, but Lee Cattermole and Wes Brown (both knee) remain long-term absentees for the Black Cats.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bolton won the first ever FA Cup final that was held at Wembley.
  • Sunderland pulled off one of the biggest FA Cup shocks of all time when, as a Second Division side, they won the cup in 1973, defeating First Division giants Leeds United in the final.
  • The Trotters have not won any of their last eight meetings against Sunderland, with their last home win against the Black Cats coming towards the end of the 2007-08 season.
  • Frazier Campbell (pictured right) made his debut for Sunderland against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium back in August 2009, before scoring his first league goal for the club in the return fixture at the Stadium of Light.
  • The two sides last met in the FA Cup in January 2009. Sunderland won that fixture at the Stadium of Light 2-1.
  • Kevin Davies is the only player from either side who featured in that match to remain at his club. Adam Bogdan was an unused substitute for Bolton that day.
  • David Ngog scored his first ever Premier League goal against Sunderland, for Liverpool.
  • Bolton have only ever beaten Sunderland once in the FA Cup. That came back in 1980, with the Black Cats winning five of the other seven meetings in this competition between the two sides.


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Available Squads
1Andy LonerganGoalkeeper
39Joe RileyDefender
28Marcos Alonso Defender
18Sam RickettsDefender
12Zat KnightDefender
27Chung-Yong LeeMidfielder
21Darren PratleyMidfielder
17Keith AndrewsMidfielder
17Martin PetrovMidfielder
54David NgogStriker
-Marvin Sordell Striker
1Adam BogdanGoalkeeper
15Tyrone MearsDefender
5Tim ReamDefender
7Chris EaglesMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
-Chris LesterMidfielder
14Kevin DaviesStriker
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
3Danny RoseMidfielder
2Phil BardsleyDefender
19Titus BrambleDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
9Steven FletcherStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
10Connor WickhamStriker
10Fraizer CampbellStriker
16James McFaddenStriker
Players to Watch
Chung-Yong Lee
Chung-Yong Lee
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 27
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 1 0
Bolton fans were left to rue the absence of talisman Chung-Yong Lee last season after the popular midfielder missed the majority of last season through injury as the club were relegated to the Championship. While the Trotters might not be flying in the league this year, Lee remains a key player for Bolton, and after scoring four goals in 21 games for the club so far this season, Dougie Freedman will be hoping the South Korean is at his best if the Trotters are to pull of a club upset.
Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
After scoring five times in his first four league games for the club, Fletcher and Sunderland have found things a little harder since then, with the Scot scoring just three times since September, while Martin O'Neil's men have scored more than once in a game on just four occasions. Fletcher will be hopeful he can rediscover his scoring boots against lower league opposition as the Black Cats look to get their season back on track.
Prediction
Both sides have struggled for form so far this season, with inconsistent performances on the field being a major concern for both managers. In the Trotters' last six home games they have won two, drawn two and lost two, while Sunderland have only won twice away from home all season. Recent defeats to Tottenham and Liverpool have taken the gloss off beating Manchester City, while Dougie Freedman will be hoping to give his side a boost, after failing to reignite a promotion push since replacing Owen Coyle at the Reebok Stadium.
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Bolton 2
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