Bolton v Stoke City: Match Preview

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Bolton v Stoke City;
Barclays Premier League;
Reebok Stadium;
Sun, 6th Nov; 1500 KO

Team news

Ricardo Gardner is still suspended for Bolton after being sent off against Swansea last week, with Paul Robinson a likely replacement for the full-back. Kevin Davies looks likely to return to the starting line-up.

Ryan Shawcross and Marc Wilson face late fitness tests for Stoke after they both took knocks against Newcastle. Matthew Etherington, Jermaine Pennant and Rory Delap are also in doubt for the match.

Pulis has point to prove

Tony Pulis believes that Stoke have a point to prove on Sunday when the side take on Bolton, with the side hoping to break their European jinx and come away with a win.

On Thursday, Stoke completed a 2-1 hard fought win over Macc Tel-Aviv, and have to play against Bolton away just three days later.

And, while Pulis is frustrated at having to juggle Europa League and Barclays Premier League matches, the manager believes that the side will push through the difficult schedule and come out with a win.

"We have a point to prove on Sunday and that is can we go somewhere and get a result after a European game, and the next opportunity is against Bolton," he said.

"We'll see what the reaction is.

"The players have been brilliant and they'll work and give everything they possibly can against Bolton. Hopefully we'll be able to make a few changes.

"We've been a little bit unfortunate. We're not going to moan about it because we're enjoying this as much as we can but to actually get caught with a TV game on a Monday night [against Newcastle] when you know you've got a European game on Thursday was always going to be difficult.

"But we can't criticise because we take the money like everyone else.”

Pulis acknowledged that Bolton need a win just as badly, or even more so, than Stoke, with the Trotters currently in the relegation zone.

He added: "The Premier League can change in three or four games, if you can put a run together you shoot half way up the table.

"Owen [Coyle, Bolton boss] knows that. They'll be pretty solid and they'll know what to do and what the situation is."

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