Bolton vs Wolves

February 1, 2011
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Bolton desperately need a win to kick-start the league campaign after picking up just one point from last five league games and the Trotters will fancy their chances against relegation strugglers Wolves. Mick McCarthy’s side remained in the bottom three after the heavy defeat to Liverpool and they are also looking to arrest the poor run of results.

Can Daniel Sturridge help Bolton?

Despite showing a lot of quality in the first part of the season, Bolton have suffered a major dip in form over the last few weeks which threatens to ruin their season. Owen Coyle’s side made a couple of unexpected slip-ups of late and while their form is on the downtrend, it looks as though the Trotters could return to the right track by winning this game. Owen Coyle is hoping new signing from Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge can insert much needed fresh blood into the side before the clash with relegation threatened Wolves, while the boss is set to restore Stuart Holden and Gary Cahill to the starting line-up after the pair was rested against Wigan. Bolton have already beaten Wolves at Molineux this season and the odds are they can do it again.

Daniel Sturridge is likely to start the match, but Chung-Yong Lee could be rested having just returned from the Asian Cup. Ivan Klasnic and Gretar Steinsson are doubtful, while Davis, O’Brien, Gardner and Samuel are out injured.

Jamie O’Hara arrives at Molineux

Wolverhampton have been in the relegation zone from the very start of the season and they face a difficult survival fight, that’s for sure. Mick McCarthy’s side have shown a lot of potential in some games, but they look pretty naïve in others, so the jury is still out as far as they are concerned. The team don’t seem to be on top of their form at the moment, having lost to City and Liverpool in the league and Stoke in the FA Cup, and with a difficult game at Reebok in front of them, their fans don’t have much reason for optimism. To add insult to injury, Stephen Hunt is a major doubt after picking up a calf injury, whereas new signing Jamie O’Hara still lacks match fitness, having just returned from injury.

Stephen Hunt is unlikely to feature, but Jamie O’Hara and Sylvain Ebanks-Blake could play some part despite not being match fit. Adlene Ghedioura, Michael Kightly and Micahel Mancienne are not yet ready to leave the infirmary.

Verdict

Bolton have been playing pretty well this season and they look more than capable of getting their Premiership campaign back on track. Wolves, on the other hand, don’t look too convincing at the moment and are missing a couple of important players, so they might have to look elsewhere for much needed survival points.

Our prediction: Home win

Odds: 1.83 (5/6)

Bookmaker: 888Sport

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