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Premier League

  • 6 November 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Macron Stadium, Bolton
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 20028

Bolton Wanderers - Stoke City Preview: Hosts looking to avoid sixth straight home defeat of the season

Bolton Wanderers - Stoke City Preview: Hosts looking to avoid sixth straight home defeat of the season

The Trotters have not collected all three points at the Reebok since April and face a side still hurting from their loss to Newcastle on Monday, making for a very tough game



Steinsson, Cahill, Wheater, Robinson
Eagles, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Petrov
K Davies, Klasnic


Wilkinson, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson
Whelan, Delap, Whitehead, Etherington

Just the one fresh injury worry for the hosts, as Manchester City loanee Dedryk Boyata is out with an ankle problem, adding to the already sizeable list of sidelined players. The Trotters will also be missing fellow defender Ricardo Gardner thanks to his sending off at Swansea last week.

With that duo out, Owen Coyle will be given a headache over who to play at right-back, with Gretar Steinsson likely to stand in during their absence.

Stoke meanwhile have minimum selection issues, with just the two players unable to play in Mamady Sidibe and Ricardo Fuller. Defender Jonathan Woodgate should start after being rested for the Potters’ 2-1 Europa League victory on Thursday over Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

  • Bolton were founded in 1874 as Christ Church FC, whilst their opponents on Sunday Stoke City, originated in 1863 as Stoke Ramblers FC.
  • Owen Coyle’s outfit have the most number of seasons in the top-flight without winning the title, the last campaign being their 72nd non-consecutive year.
  • The highest they have ever finished is third, which they have done three times (1891-92, 1920-21 and 1924-25).
  • Potters manager Tony Pulis (pictured right)  was the first to ever take Stoke to an FA Cup final when they took on Manchester City at the end of last season.
  • Tuncay Sanli is currently Stokes’ record sale, with the Turkish attacker now residing at Bolton on loan from the side the Potters sold him to for £4.5 million, Wolfsburg.
  • In just over three seasons of playing in the Premier League, no Stoke player has ever scored a hat-trick.
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Players to watch

N. Reo-Coker

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The former Aston Villa man is the one who holds the fort for the Trotters and is a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the park.

Constantly changing between aggressive and calm natures, expect the dogged midfielder to be tough on tackles and patient on the passing.

P. Crouch

Position: Attacker

Games: 24

  • 5
  • 2
  • 0
It’s been a good week for the towering forward after scoring Stokes’ only goal against a dominant Newcastle United outfit and grabbing the winner away in Europe in midweek.

The former Liverpool target man will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of goals over the week and heap further misery on Bolton as he looks to make a nuisance up top.

Editor's Prediction

Bolton are enduring a horrible time with life in the Premier League right now, especially at home, where they haven’t won since their 2-1 win over Arsenal back in April, and will be playing a side still scratching at the wounds of their defeat to Newcastle less than a week ago.

Expect a tough game at the Reebok on Sunday, but I can only see further misery for the Trotters and Owen Coyle, who must be chomping at the bit for some home success, with their opponents - fresh from Europa League victory - narrowly taking the spoils.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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Stoke City


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
Bolton Wanderers FC Bolton Wanderers
Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City

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Stoke City FC STO