Stoke visit the Reebok tomorrow in a match that Mark Lawrenson would describe as ‘not for the purist’. Before the game between the Premier League’s foremost hoofball merchants, rumours that both midfields have been given the day off persist.
‘Given the paucity of their football, it is unlikely that Stoke will retain their current status for long.`
Vital Bolton after last seasons game. Well, what do we know?
Bolton Team News:
Ricardo Gardner still needs Lucozade and Ibuprofen, but Johan Elmander is available for selection. Is that a good thing? Hmm…
Player to watch: Kevin Davies
Up against Abdoulaye Faye. Should be interesting.
Stoke Team News:
Thomas Sorenson and James Beattie were considered doubtful, but reports claim that they trained yesterday.
Player to watch: Tuncay Sanli
Many Bolton fans feel that the Turkish international would have been a useful addition to the squad, so he’s bound to do well. Megson out and all that.
Match Facts & Stats
Bolton have won eighteen of the 37 league games played on home soil and lost eight.
Mark Clattenburg. Suspended, sacked and then re-instated, this spectacularly useless match official, returned for the final game of last season between Manchester City and Bolton.
He was also in charge of the game at Eastlands last week where he missed Emmanual Adebayor trying to remove Robin Van Persie’s face with his studs.
Clatternburg is a founder member of the We Hate Kevin Davies Society and has already booked the Bolton captain by text, to save time.
A must win game for Bolton and they will.