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  • 6 May 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Macron Stadium, Bolton
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 25662

Bolton - West Brom Preview: Trotters desperate for fifth home win this season in bid to avoid relegation, while Baggies seek top-10 finish

With Owen Coyle looking for a rare home victory in an effort to beat the drop, Roy Hodgson will be hoping to end his time at Albion by securing them in the top half of the table



Ricketts, Wheater, Boyata, Alonso
Eagles, Ream, M Davies, Petrov
K Davies, Ngog


Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell
Brunt, Andrews, Mulumbu, Dorrans
Cox, Long

Bolton manager Owen Coyle could be forced into re-shuffling his midfield and defence. Nigel Reo-Coker faces a late fitness test and is a doubt for the game following a knock he picked up against Tottenham in midweek. Tim Ream could be moved to the centre of midfield to fill the gap left by Reo-Coker which would see Dedryck Boyata move back to central defence.

Midfielder Darren Pratley is out with a virus which could see Mark Davies make a return to take his place. Gretar Steinsson is a doubt with injury so Sam Ricketts could fill in at right-back with Marcos Alonso taking up the left-back position.

Newly-named England boss Roy Hodgson could name a similar side to the one that drew with Aston Villa last weekend. West Brom’s top scorer Peter Odemwingie faces a late fitness test as he is suffering with a hamstring injury.

If he fails the test, it is likely that the Nigerian will be replaced by Shane Long, who is now available for the Baggies following a knock which he picked up against Aston Villa. James Morrison may also be available for Hodgson following his recovery from a knee injury.

  • Bolton have conceded 37 goals at home this season; Wolves are the only team to have conceded more with 43. West Brom are 13/2 with Sportingbet to score over 2.5 goals in this game.

  • The Trotters have only won four of their 18 home games this season.

  • Bolton have kept just three clean sheets this season; only Norwich City (two) have kept fewer.

  • Owen Coyle's men have conceded 45 goals in the second half of matches this season - more than any other Premier League side. 

  • West Bromwich Albion's record against bottom-half opposition is the best outside the current top six.

  • Peter Odemwingie (pictured right) is the Baggies' top scorer this season with 10 goals.

  • West Brom's 2-1 win over Bolton this season was their first over the Trotters in eight attempts.
  • The Baggies' last victory at the Reebok Stadium was back in 2000 on December 29 when they won 1-0.

Players to watch

C. Eagles

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The 26-year-old leads the assists chart for Bolton with eight, and will be looking to add to his tally against West Brom. The winger has also shown how deadly he can be in the box with a great finish to earn his team a draw against Swansea a couple of weeks ago. His delivery into the box will be crucial if Bolton are to secure the three points they desperately need.

S. Long

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Republic of Ireland international will be the Baggies' main goal threat if Odemwingie is unavailable for Roy Hodgson. Long had a bright start to the season but the goals have dried up recently. The threat he will pose to Bolton’s centre-haves can be key if West Brom are to achieve victory at the Reebok Stadium.

Editor's Prediction

Bolton need a win to boost their chances of survival and can’t afford to lose the game. West Brom sit in mid-table and while they have nothing to play for, Hodgson will want to end the season - and his time at the Hawthorns - on a high before turning his full attention to the England job. A draw seems likely between the two given Bolton's poor record at home and the Baggies' equally unimpressive record at the Reebok.

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