Despite their victory last week, the Trotters sit in the bottom three and like the Black Cats are looking to rise out of the Premier League mire with a win at the Reebok Stadium.
Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Robinson
Eagles, Pratley, Reo-Coker, Petrov
O’Shea, Turner, Brown, Richardson
Elmohamady, Cattermole, Gardner, Vaughan
Bolton still has a five man list of long-term players on the sidelines, but Sunderland could see ‘keeper Craig Gordon return to the squad and might make the bench. However, the team will have to do without the suspended Sebastian Larsson.
Expect few changes to the Bolton side that saw off Wigan 3-1 in its last outing, with Ivan Klasnic possibly getting a look in over David Ngog this time round and Zat Knight coming in for David Wheater.
Nicklas Bendtner is able to return to the Black Cats set-up after being restricted by his loan deal from appearing against his parent club Arsenal last weekend.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- There may be no difference between points at the moment between these two sides in the Premier League, but Bolton has gained 545 since the competition’s introduction in 1992, 144 more than Sunderland’s 401
- The Trotters’ highest ever goalscorer in a single season is Nathan Blake with 12 netted efforts in the 1997-98 campaign
- All of the Black Cats’ four losses this season have been by a single goal
- Owen Coyle’s side is the only outfit in the league not to have had a draw during the current campaign
- Bolton has conceded 22 goals so far this term, more than any other side in the league
- Sunderland is currently suffering its worst start to a season since the club was relegated from the Premier League on only 15 points in 2005-06