Bolton Wanderers will welcome Stoke City to the Reebok Stadium on Sunday missing several key players and in the midst of the worst run of form of manager Owen Coyle’s reign.
Wanderers have established themselves in the Premier League over the past several seasons but are on a horrendous run that has seen them drop into the relegation zone.
A shocking end to last season has been followed up with eight defeats from ten in this years Premier League campaign including last weekends defeat to newcomers Swansea City
Bolton hasn’t been helped by a host of injuries, which have plagued his side.
Wanderers have been badly stung and are missing regular first team players such as Stuart Holden, Lee Chung-Yong, Tyrone Mears, Sean Davis and Sam Ricketts.
As if that wasn’t bad enough Wanderers will be missing Ricardo Gardener who is suspended after being sent off against Swansea.
Stoke suffered defeat in their last premiership outing against Newcastle, however for the most part they have been tough to defeat this season. They remain the only side apart from Manchester City to take points from Champions Manchester United who by contrast beat Bolton 5-0 earlier this season.
They will have to avoid a European hangover having emerged victorious from their Europa League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Tony Pulis will be hoping his squad remains fresh from the midweek trip to Israel and his decision to start with Matthew Etherington, Rory Delap and Jermaine Pennant all on the bench for the midweek game reflects this.
Stoke may be boosted by the return of defenders Ryan Shawcross and Marc Wilson are expected to have recovered from injuries sustained against Newcastle that kept them out of the Europa League.
Cameron Jerome and Jonathan Woodgate are expected to return to the line up having not featured in Europe. Danny Higginbotham could also return after a lengthy absence with a torn cruciate ligament.
Stoke will hope to emulate the last meeting between the two sides when they hammered Wanderers 5-0 in last seasons F.A Cup semi-final.
Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Wheater, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Eagles, Robinson, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, K Davies, Klasnic, Tuncay, Bogdan, M Davies, Pratley, Ngog, Blake, Kakuta.
Stoke (from): Begovic, Sorensen, Nash, Huth, Upson, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson, Wilkinson, Whelan, Whitehead, Diao, Etherington, Walters, Jerome, Shotton, Arismendi, Pennant, Delap, Crouch, Palacios, Jones, Higginbotham.