Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace
Saturday 28 September, 2012
Setting The Scene
After registering their first away points of the season last weekend, Owen Coyle will be hopeful that his Bolton side can maintain their decent start to the campaign on home soil against Crystal Palace.
The Whites are unbeaten at the Reebok Stadium this term, winning two and drawing one of their three league games.
Visitors Crystal Palace have a similar record, having picked up seven of their ten points at Selhurst Park since the start of the new season, with their only win on the road coming away at Charlton.
Under Dougie Freedman, in his first full season at the helm, the Eagles made an indifferent start to the campaign, losing their opening three league games. Though since the start of September results would suggest the side have turned a significant corner.
Three wins and a draw in their last four games means Freedman’s men arrive at the Reebok in decent form.
Palace will be hoping to end a bit of a north-west hoodoo this weekend, having never won an away league game against Bolton in 17 attempts.
Wanderers’ only doubt is Spaniard Marcos Alonso. He sustained a knock in last weekend’s win at Hillsborough and is expected to be touch and go right up to kick-off.
Stephen Warnock is in contention to make his debut after being named as an unused substitute last weekend.
David Wheater, Stuart Holden and Josh Vela (all knee) are all still sidelined.
Palace’s Paddy McCarthy faces a lengthy spell on out with a groin injury whilst fellow defender Peter Ramage is a doubt after being substituted in last week’s game against Cardiff with a thigh complaint.
One To Watch – Wilfried Zaha
A player Owen Coyle openly admitted trying to bring to Bolton last January, the 19-year-old Ivory Coast-born wide man is a real livewire down either flank.
Zaha has already established himself as an integral member of the Eagles’ squad and has been recognised at England youth level, having moved to the country as a young child.
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Man In The Middle – Geoff Eltringham
Sunderland-born official Geoff Eltringham will oversee Saturday’s game. So far this season he has shown 12 yellow and one red card in five games.
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