Newcastle v Bolton Team News

Updated: April 9, 2012

Newcastle United host Bolton on Easter Monday with both sides looking for points for very different reasons.

A win for the Magpies would see them move level with Tottenham and into the fourth Champions League place while a win for Bolton would put a little bit of breathing space (four points) between them and the relegation zone.

Newcastle have recorded four successive wins and are unbeaten at home since December and will go into the game as clear favourites.  Having recorded three wins in a row, Bolton were humbled 0-3 at the Reebok by a Fulham side that really could have won by more on Saturday.  Owen Coyle’s men are now just one point above the drop zone and go into Monday’s fixture having not beaten Newcastle since 2006.

Newcastle midfield pairing Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tioté face late fitness to confirm their availability for the fixture, with both having suffered strains and being forced to come off during Good Friday’s win at Swansea.

Danny Guthrie is still struggling with a hamstring injury and looks unlikely to be risked by the Toon Army.

Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best, Sammy Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux are all still undergoing treatment and will not feature.

Bolton will ring the changes after capitulating at the hands of Fulham on Saturday.  Chris Eagles came on at half-time in that fixture and is likely to start on Monday in place of either Darren Pratley or Ryo Miyaichi.

Marcos Alonso has a calf strain and looks unlikely to start, with Gretar Steinsson set to replace him in the starting line-up.

Defender Tyrone Mears, midfielder Stuart Holden and winger Lee Chung-yong all remain on the injured list.

Probable starting XIs

Newcastle: Krul, Williamson, Perch, Simpson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Taylor, Cisse, Ba

Bolton: Bogdan, Wheater, Ricketts, Steinsson, Ream, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Eagles, Davies, Miyaichi, Davies

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