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FA Cup

  • 15 January 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 17505

Sunderland - Bolton Preview: Black Cats have beaten Trotters in third round four times in a row

Sunderland - Bolton Preview: Black Cats have beaten Trotters in third round four times in a row

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Martin O'Neill's side enjoy a fine record against the Lancashire side at this stage of the competition and will be hoping to make home advantage count on Tuesday evening


Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Colback
Johnson, Larsson, Vaughan, McClean

Ricketts, Knight, Ream, Alonso
Lee, Andrews, Spearing, Eagles
K Davies, Ngog

Sunderland remain stricken by defensive injuries as, with Wes Brown (knee), Carlos Cuellar (hamstring) and Danny Rose (hamstring) all still sidelined, Craig Gardner and Jack Colback look set to deputise in full-back roles once again.

Captain Lee Cattermole (knee) also remains out injured, but, other than that, the Black Cats are free of injuries, meaning Martin O'Neill is able to field the same team that romped to an impressive 3-0 win against West Ham on Saturday.

O'Neill, however, is unable to field new signing Alfred N'Diaye, as, following his move from Bursaspor earlier in the transfer window, he was not registered in time for the first clash between these sides.

Meanwhile, the away side receive a boost as Stuart Holden and Josh Vela look set to return to the squad after long-term lay-offs; although unlikely to start, they could both make appearances off the bench.

Unfortunately, Mark Davies (shoulder) and Matt Mills (thigh) remain sidelined, as does David Wheater (knee), though his return appears imminent as he is set to play a reserve game next Monday to end a long spell out.

Striker Marvin Sordell, having scored in the initial 2-2 draw between these two sides and impressed in Saturday's clash with Millwall, is pushing for a start, though David N'Gog and Kevin Davies' experience could leave him forced to be content with a spot on the substitute's bench.

New signing, Craig Davies, is unable to feature however, as, following a £300,000 move from Barnsley, he will have to wait until the weekend for his debut for the same reasons as Sunderland's N'Diaye.

  • Sunderland have advanced in five of the six previous occasions that they were drawn against the Trotters in the FA Cup.
  • This, in fact, would be their fourth successive third round win over their regular cup adversaries - the previous three having come in 1984, 2003 and 2009.
  • Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has made the most saves of any goalkeeper in the Premier League (120), indicative of a frustrating season for the Black Cats thus far.
  • Bolton's inability to capitalise on their two goal advantage in the 2-2 draw leading to this replay has been the story of their season thus far; they have lost 21 points from leading positions in the Championship - a league high.
  • The last time Stuart Holden (pictured right) played against Sunderland was on the 18th December 2010, three months prior to his injury; Bolton lost 1-0, a defeat that left them seventh in the Premier League - they now sit sixteenth in the Championship.
  • Bolton have won the FA cup on four occasions, twice more than the Black Cats.
  • Sunderland, however, have won it more recently; they last won it in 1973, while the Trotters' last cup triumph was in 1958.

Editor's Prediction

With the Trotters' spurning a golden chance to progress to the fourth round in the initial tie (having been two goals to the good with half an hour remaining), one cannot help feeling that their chance to cause an upset has passed them by. This wasted opportunity lingering in Bolton's collective mind, coupled with the Black Cats' home advantage, means that the Premier League outfit should, eventually, prevail.

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