It’s Premier League match time with Wolverhampton Wanderers set to host Bolton Wanderers at Molineux.
Wolves, currently in 19th place, will look to move away from the relegation mine with a win against Bolton who are in sixth position; though a solitary win is unlikely to help, it will be a start.
The Wanderers have had good matches in terms of performance but the results have eluded them. In particular, they had excellent showings against Manchester United and Arsenal but ended losing both games.
Fresh injury concerns to three players resulted from the game against the Gunners that Mick McCarthy’s side lost 2-0. Dave Edwards in midfield sustained a thigh muscle injury and limped off the ground within eight minutes of the start.
Stephen Ward in the back-line was another casualty after an onfield clash with Fabregas. Wolves will also be without Kevin Doyle’s striking ability after the forward sustained a broken bone in his hand. Ronald Zuber with an ankle injury and Joey Craddock with a hip problem continue to be sidelined. Guidioura with a leg injury, Craddock with a thigh problem, Kightly with a knee injury are also sidelined.
Owen Coyle’s charges have excelled in their last two Premiership outings against Tottenham and Everton. While they could beat Spurs, they had to be content with a draw against the Toffees, a match they could have won but for an equalizer late in the game by Beckford.
Gretar Steinsson will miss out against Wolves on Saturday after a yellow card awarded in the Everton game. Ricketts is likely to replace him while Klasnic could be considered for a start on the back of his goal against the Toffees, playing as a substitute. Klasnic could replace Elmander who is down with a virus. Injury concerns for the Trotters include Davis and J O’Brien with knee injuries, Gardner with a thigh problem and Samuel with a calf injury.
In their last eight games Bolton have tasted defeat just once but the Trotters will be concerned about their vulnerability in defence, as they have conceded goals in all their twelve matches, a weakness that the likes of Jarvis in the Wolves squad will be keen to exploit.
Wolves had the following players in their starting eleven against Arsenal on Wednesday: Hahnemann, Foley, Stearman, Berra, Ward, Edwards, Mancienne, Henry, Milijas, Jarvis and Doyle; Hunt, Ebanks-Blake and Fletcher came in as substitutes.
Bolton’s starting eleven in the game against Everton comprised: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Holden, Taylor, Davies and Elmander; Ricketts and Klasnic were used as substitutes.