Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland: Match Preview

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Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland
Barclays Premier League
Reebok Stadium
Saturday, 22nd October; 15:00

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Bolton are expected to be unchanged after picking up just their second win in league this season against Wigan Athletic last weekend.

Sunderland will welcome back Nicklas Bendtner to their attack after he was forced top miss the trip to Arsenal following his loan move from the Emirates Stadium.

Full-back Phil Bardsley returns after missing the last six weeks through suspension.

Coyle willing to ring changes

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle won't be afraid to find the changes once more if his side's performance drops against Sunderland.

The likes of Zat Knight and Fabrice Muamba were disposed off for the win over Wigan Athletic, the club's first in the league since the opening day of the season.

But Coyle, still searching for the right formula, says despite having won last week, says performances from certain individuals will be scrutinised.

“I’ve always been loyal wherever I’ve been as a manager,” he said.

“I’m always loyal to my players because that’s the relationship I have, but the bottom line is when you have to pick a team to win a game then that’s what you do.

“If you look at the history of my career then I don’t think you have to worry about me not being ruthless. I’ve shown that wherever I’ve been. That comes with the territory but the bottom line is you have to pick a team that you think can win a game.

“We all know where the buck stops, that’s the animal that we are part of. It doesn’t faze me.”


While Coyle is still striving for the right team to help beat Sunderland, Steve Bruce's record over The Trotters is such that he's already drummed up on how to beat Coyle's side.

Bruce has won all four games against Bolton since taking over at the Stadium of Light, and with just one win in their last eight, and fifth win on the trot would be timely return to form.

"When you are on a disappointing run like we are at the moment, we know that we are a win away from being in mid-table, so let's hope," he said.

"We have got a good record at Bolton - let's hope we can go and play there.

"I think the longer it goes on, the better we will become here. I hope that's the case.

"Certainly, though, we need to go and win a few games. We have had a disappointing start, we are aware of that. We must try now to win a few games."

GMF possible line-ups:

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Wheater, Boyata, Cahill, Robinson, Eagles, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Davies, Ngog.

Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardsley, Brown, Bramble, Richardson; Larsson, Cattermole, Vaughan, Elmohamady; Sessegnon, Bendtner.

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