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Premier League

  • 28 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 40768

Sunderland - Bolton Wanderers Preview: Trotters look for first win over hosts since 2008

Hosts have gone four games without scoring which has seen them slide into the bottom half of the table while Owen Coyle's side hope to gain more points in their survival quest



Bardsley, Turner, Kilgallon, Bridge
Campbell, Vaughan, Colback, McClean


Steinsson, Wheater, Boyata, Ricketts
K Davies, Ream, Reo-Coker, Petrov
Ngog, Klasnic

Sunderland will be without Kieran Richardson and Sebastian Larsson (both hernia) who both underwent surgery this week ruling them out for the season, while captain Lee Cattermole is also expected to miss out with a knee injury. Craig Gardner is unavailable after being sent off against Aston Villa last week.

David Vaughan and Fraizer Campbell are in line to replace Larsson and Gardner in the starting line-up but could face competition from Ahmed Elmohamady and David Meyler.

Owen Coyle will have doubts over Mark Davies (leg), Ryo Miyaichi (shoulder) and Chris Eagles (hamstring) who all picked up injuries in the Trotters' midweek win over Aston Villa.

Darren Pratley is also struggling with a virus which could also rule him out of the clash with the Black Cats,while Korean winger Chung Yong-Lee is back in training after missing the entire season so far with a knee injury

  • Sunderland are yet to score in April. The last time they found the net was in the 3-3 draw with Manchester City on March 31.
  • The Black Cats last tasted defeat in the league at home in February when they lost to Arsenal and Thierry Henry scored a last minute winner for the Gunners.
  • Martin O’Neill’s side have not recorded a victory since beating QPR 3-1 on March 24 a run which has lasted five games.
  • Joint top-scorer Stephane Sessegnon (pictured right) has gone six games without netting for the Black Cats.
  • Bolton have not beaten Sunderland since November 2008 when they won 4-1 at the Stadium of Light. That defeat was Roy Keane’s last game in charge of the Wearsiders.
  • The Trotters are showing fight in their bid for Premier League survival. They have taken 10 points from their last six games only five teams in the top flight have taken more in that period.
  • Bolton have not drawn a game away from the Reebok Stadium this season, losing 11 and have recording six wins.
  • Owen Coyle’s side have conceded 67 goals this season on Blackburn and Wolves have conceded more in the top flight.
  • In 144 meetings between the two sides the Black Cats have won 63, the Trotters have won 49 while 32 have finished as draws.

Players to watch

J. McClean

Position: Midfielder

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The young Irishman has been a revelation since breaking into the Sunderland team late last year. His pace and skill down the left have caused problems for almost every full-back he’s played so far in the Premier League.

His delivery from wide areas have been outstanding and the source of many of the Black Cats goals in the past few months whilst the 22-year-old has also shown a eye for goal himself.

M. Petrov

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Bulgarian will be looking to cause problems of his own down the Trotters' left flank. Petrov's explosive pace and even more explosive left foot have helped Bolton in recent weeks as they look to avoid relegation to the Championship.

The former Manchester City man will look to provide service for the likes of Ngog and Klasnic to feed off and is likely to cut inside and go for goal himself if the opportunity arises.

Editor's Prediction

Sunderland have looked like a team already on the proverbial beach in recent weeks with little to play for in their season, particularly up front where they’ve struggled to find the net.

Bolton are scrapping from every point and will have been boosted by Tuesday’s win over Aston Villa, they need to keep winning to survive this season. The Trotters haven’t beaten the Black Cats since 2008 and Saturday would be a great time to end that run.

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Reader's Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
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Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
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Sunderland AFC SUN
2 - 1
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
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