Wolves v Bolton – Match Preview

Wolves and Bolton go into this crucial six-pointer with differing recent fortunes in their fight for Premier League survival. Terry...

Jack Bond

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Wolves and Bolton go into this crucial six-pointer with differing recent fortunes in their fight for Premier League survival.

Terry Connor’s side haven’t won in six and are on a run of four straight league defeats, whereas the Lancashire outfit come into the game on the back of two vital victories against QPR and Blackburn.

On that basis this must surely be considered a must win game for Wolves who are four points adrift of their opponents and the safety of 17th place and remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Bolton on the other hand will be looking to put more distance between themselves and the sides below them in the battle to remain in the top flight. Both QPR and Wigan face tough fixtures against Arsenal and Stoke respectively, although the two struggling sides both play at home this weekend.

When these two sides met earlier in the season the game ended 1-1 with goals from Sam Ricketts and Stephen Fletcher. It remains the only game this season in which Bolton have dropped points after taking the lead.

Team News

Ronald Zubar is back in contention for Wolves after completing his suspension, but Connor will have to decide whether to risk Karl Henry who has been missing for four weeks with a hamstring injury.

David Davis (ribs) remains doubtful as does Jody Craddock (hamstring) and Jamie O’Hara is still unavailable with a groin injury.

Darren Pratley (gashed leg) is out for the visitors but last week’s two goal match winner, David Wheater, is likely to return having sat out the cup game against Tottenham.

Stuart Holden and Tyrone Mears are still a couple of weeks away from first-team action with knee injuries.

Lee Chung-Yong (broken leg), Ricardo Gardner (hip) and Fabrice Muamba (heart) are long-term absentees.

Possible Line-ups

Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Bassong, Johnson, Ward, Kightly, Edwards, Henry, Jarvis, Doyle, Fletcher.

Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Knight, Wheater, Alonso, Miyaichi, Reo-Coker, M Davies, Petrov, Klasnic, Ngog.