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Premier League

  • April 21, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Reebok Stadium, Bolton
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 25401

Premier League Preview: Bolton - Swansea

Owen Coyle's side seeks to recover from consecutive defeats against Brendan Rodgers' team and improve its confidence as it approaches the run-in with two games in hand



Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts

Miyaichi, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Petrov
M Davies

Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor

Dyer, Allen, Britton, Sinclair

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has tended to start David Ngog as a lone striker this season, but eight-goal top scorer Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies, who started the Trotters’ last match against Newcastle, could also feature alongside or instead of the forward.

Nigel Reo-Coker and Mark Davies will likely start and will be joined by Darren Pratley should Coyle opt for a three-man central midfield. Ryo Miyaichi has usually started above Chris Eagles on the right wing, but the English midfielder is likely to feature at some point.

Gretar Steinsson has resumed service at right back since his return from injury alongside center backs David Wheater and Tim Ream, with Sam Ricketts moving across to left back in place of Marcos Alonso.

Swansea has few injury worries and has fielded a settled lineup of late, although Brendan Rodgers could look to give some game time to squad players including striker Luke Moore, who started against Newcastle.

Nathan Dyer impressed last week against Blackburn and could start ahead of Wayne Routledge on the right wing.

  • Bolton is a point below safety in the relegation zone in 18th position, but has two valuable games in hand against its rivals.
  • Owen Coyle was named manager of the month in March after his side propelled up the table with three consecutive wins, but Bolton has since gone on to lose its last two without scoring a goal.

  • The Lancashire club has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of its last nine league games, conceding at least twice in seven of them.
  • The Trotters were beaten 3-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season in October (pictured) after the Swans’ 10-goal top scorer Danny Graham netted at both ends.

  • They got their revenge however with a 2-1 victory at home in the FA Cup fourth round in January.

  • Swansea lies 12th in the table and is almost safe with 11 points separating it from from the relegation zone.

  • Brendan Rodgers’ side gained confidence last weekend as a comfortable 3-0 victory over Blackburn followed a run of four consecutive defeats.

  • The Swans took until the New Year to record their first away win but have since won four of their eight matches on their travels.

  • None of the Welsh side’s last 11 games have ended in draws, a tendency it shares with its opponent, which has drawn just two matches so far this season, the fewest in the Premier League.


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English Premier League (EPL) ‎(EPL)‎ Apr 21, 2012 Bolton 1 - Swansea City 1
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FA Cup ‎(FA)‎ Jan 28, 2012 Bolton 2 - Swansea City 1
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English Premier League (EPL) ‎(EPL)‎ Oct 29, 2011 Swansea City 3 - Bolton 1
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Available Squads
1Adam BogdanGoalkeeper
-Gretar SteinssonDefender
18Sam RickettsDefender
31David WheaterDefender
5Tim ReamDefender
7Chris EaglesMidfielder
17Martin PetrovMidfielder
16Mark DaviesMidfielder
20Nigel Reo-CokerMidfielder
31Ryo MiyaichiStriker
14Kevin DaviesStriker
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
28Marcos Alonso Defender
12Zat KnightDefender
37Joshua VelaMidfielder
17Ivan KlasnicStriker
54David NgogStriker
20Marvin Sordell Striker
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
4Steven CaulkerDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
22Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
21F. BessoneDefender
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
51Josh McEachranMidfielder
18Leroy LitaStriker
8Luke MooreStriker

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