Bolton v Wigan

Last updated : 04 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Wigan will field veteran keeper Mike Pollitt as Ali Al-Habsi is ineligible to play against his parent club.

The suspended Charles N'Zogbia also miss out, but Maynor Figueroa, James McArthur and new signing Adrian Lopezset are pushing for starts.


Doubtful: Steinsson (knee)

Injured/unavailable: Chung-Yong Lee (international duty), Cohen (compassionate leave), S Davis & J O'Brien (both knee), Gardner & Holden (both thigh), Samuel (calf)


Suspended: N'Zogbia (two matches) Injured/unavailable: Al-Habsi (ineligible), Boyce (hamstring), Di Santo & McCarthy (both ankle), Moses (shoulder)


It has not been the best of festive periods for Bolton, who slipped to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season following defeats at Chelsea and Liverpool.

We were down on numbers but you only need 11 to play in a game... We have a tremendous spirit and quality, and we just have to pick ourselves up and go again

Owen Coyle, Bolton manager

The Trotters threadbare squad was down to 15 for their trip to Anfield on New Year's Day, due to injuries and the unavailability of several players. Not ideal preparation for a club about to embark on a fourth fixture in 11 days, especially with in-form non-league side York City eagerly looking on ahead of Saturday's third round FA Cup encounter.

Veteran Wigan keeper Mike Pollitt is set for his first Premier League start of the season as he deputises for Ali Al-Habsi, who misses out against parent club Bolton under the terms of his contract. This is also likely to mean a place on the bench for 18-year-old academy prospect Lee Nicholls, with former England keeper Chris Kirkland on loan at Leicester.

The Latics lost all four Premier League games in which Pollitt started last term, including the 8-0 thrashing at Chelsea on the final day of the season. However, the 38-year-old's last league win came at Bolton in December 2008.



• Bolton and Wigan have met 29 times in the league. Athletic hold the advantage with 11 wins, compared to 10 victories for the Trotters.

• Three of the last four league meetings between the sides have ended in draws.

• Bolton have not lost to Wigan since December 2008.

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• Bolton have suffered four defeats in their last six league matches.

• The only side to have beaten Bolton at the Reebok Stadium so far this season is Liverpool, who have since completed the league double over Owen Coyle's men.

• The Trotters have kept just two clean sheets at home this term, against Fulham and West Brom.

• Johan Elmander has scored in his last two matches against Wigan.


• Defeat last time out ended a four-match unbeaten run.

• A win for Wigan would signal consecutive away victories for the first time in over four years.

• The Latics are in danger of losing back-to-back matches for a fourth time this season.

• Wigan are yet to record their first win against a fellow north west side this season. They have so far mustered just three points from a possible 21.



Elmander: 9 goals (9 league); K Davies: 7 goals (7 league)


Rodallega: 5 goals (5 league); N'Zogbia: 4 goals (3 league)


Referee: Phil Dowd

Assistant referees: Simon Long & Andy Newbold

Fourth official: Jon Moss


Bolton (L1-2 v Liverpool, a): Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Alonso, Moreno (Klasnic 69), Mark Davies, Muamba, Taylor (Petrov 82), Elmander, Kevin Davies. Subs not used: Bogdan, Blake.

Wigan (L0-1 v Newcastle): Al Habsi, Stam (McManaman 84), G Caldwell, Alcaraz, Gohouri, Gomez (Boselli 59), Thomas (McArthur 46), Watson, Diame, Cleverley, Rodallega. Subs not used: Pollitt, S Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport