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Bolton Wanderers vs. Burnley

Reebok Stadium

Saturday 9th February 2013

3pm

Not Coyle but still Notlob in Horwich!

The Clarets will be hoping to complete the double over their local rivals, Bolton Wanderers in the Reebok this Saturday. A win would keep their play-offs dreams very much alive.

The Pre-amble:

Burnley take on Bolton at the Reebok this Saturday. The derby game might now have lost some of its appeal with Owen Coyle long since departed but three points are still vital is we wish to keep in contention for a play-offs spot come the end of the season. The Clarets currently in 7th spot are still four points behind sixth-placed club, Middlesbrough and they have played a game more. Points are crucial at this stage and we can`t afford too much slippage over the next few games if we wish to maintain the momentum and keep up the challenge. This in theory is just the sort of game we need to win, but derby games are never easy to predict despite Bolton struggling at the wrong end of the table and looking over their shoulder at the dropzone. The Clarets of course started off the Championship season in style, beating Bolton 2-0 in the league opener at Turf Moor back in August it was a superb performance against last season`s demoted Premier League side and of course it was even sweeter getting one over on Owen Coyle the then Bolton gaffer! A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then though with both clubs having undergone changes in manager. Sean Dyche of course has replaced Eddie Howe for the Clarets and following Coyle`s sacking last October the new gaffer at Bolton is Dougie Freedman. Freedman though has not exactly set the world alight at the Reebok and Bolton are currently in 20th spot on 34 points ; that`s only three points more than the third from bottom club, Barnsley. The former Crystal Palace boss has only managed to engineer five wins from 21 games in charge and that also includes a FA Cup win. Bolton have yet to win a Championship game this year which all sounds a bit ominous for the Clarets! Burnley though have generally been playing well and with a bit more luck and better refereeing decisions they could easily have been in the top six by now. The Clarets have now played four games on the road without defeat but have only managed to pick up one point from their last two matches. A win at the Reebok on Saturday would just come at the right time and keep Burnley strongly in contention for a top six finish. Come on you Clarets!

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

Keith Andrews (thigh) and Joe Riley (broken foot) are both out of contention and Matt Mills looks set to remain sidelined. Long-term injury victims Stuart Holden and David Wheater are back in training but are some way from making a first team comeback although both could feature in feature in next Monday`s Under-21 game against Chelsea. New African midfielder, Medo Kamara, could make his first appearance since signing from Partizan Belgrade in January. Two other new signings in January, Craig Dawson, and Steve De Ridder could also be involved. Mark Davies who has been out with a shoulder injury for two months though could figure. Clarets fans hoping to get a glimpse of former right back, Tyrone Mears though could be disappointed. He clearly now seems to be out of favour at the Reebok.

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

Our former winger is quite clearly the danger man. In the opening game of the season at Turf Moor, Eagles came on from the bench but since that time the 27 year old has started every Championship game and is currently Bolton`s leading goal scorer with seven goals to his name. Not only that though, he has also had more shots be they on or off target and more assists than any other Championship player.

Burnley Team News:

Michael Duff looks unlikely to face Bolton on Saturday. Duff seems to be suffering from a spate of injuries of late. He had been sidelined for two weeks with a hamstring injury but made a return to the starting eleven against Peterborough at London Rd last Saturday. The unfortunate central defender though picked up yet another injury in that game limping off with a calf strain. David Edgar looks set to replace him. Defender, Ben Mee who has been out of the side since early December has also suffered a slight setback. His return has been put on ice following a minor hitch in his comeback from a medial knee ligament injury.

"Ben Mee is still a little behind because he had a setback last week. He is settling down again," said Dyche.

"He may get back into training next week if he has a good few days.

"But then because of his time out he will need training and a reserve game so he will still be another few weeks I think"

Kevin Long and Ross Wallace have also picked up minor knocks but both look set to be available for the Bolton clash. Winger Dane Richards may also still be suffering from jet leg after his mid-week trip to Mexico for a World Cup qualifier with Jamaica.

Player to watch: Junior Stanislas

The winger still seems to blow hot and cold performance wise and you are never quite sure what you are going to get! Sometimes he looks sharp and lethal yet at other times lethargic and uninterested. He seems reluctant to go into the challenge sometimes and gives up too easily on 50:50 balls. He can though be an exciting player to watch when charging forward and crossing the ball over from the flanks. He could be key to our chances of victory this Saturday.

Team & Tactics:

The only likely change from the Posh game could be in the back four with David Edgar taking over from the injured Duff in the centre of defence. Brian Stock seems out of favour at the moment and with it the 4-1-4-1 type formation involving a holding midfield role. A 4-4-2 formation looks to be on the cards again this Saturday so I will plump for the following eighteen:

Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Stanislas, Ings, Austin

Subs: Jensen, O`Neill, Long, Stock, Treacy, Paterson, Vokes

Ref Watch:

Top flight Select Group referee, Chris Foy gets this derby clash. The Merseyside referee was last in charge of a Burnley game during our Premier League season. In fact, he was the man in the middle for five of our games that season, his last being our clash against Arsenal at the Emirates. So far this season, he has only sent one player off the pitch in 24 games with another 44 picking up yellows.

Match Prediction:

Bolton might be struggling trying to avoid the dropzone, but this is a derby and anything could happen. The game may not have the intensity as it might have had with Owen Coyle still at the helm but three points are vital for both clubs and this could be a needle match with so much at stake. Bolton have just one win from their last seven League games but I still have a feeling this won`t be an easy game for the Clarets. I think it could be a draw and I will plump for 1-1 although I hope of course we can shade this one!

Next Match:

Well in theory, our next match could be against Huddersfield at Turf Moor on Saturday 16th February (Kick-Off 3pm). I say 'could` because if somehow the Terriers manage to beat Leicester in the FA Cup 4th round replay in the King Power Stadium on Tuesday 12th February, our game will not go ahead since it will also be FA Cup 5th Round weekend so Huddersfield will be looking to beat Wigan at home on the Sunday instead.

If Huddersfield are still in the FA Cup, our next game will be at home to! Middlesbrough on the night of Tuesday 19th February (Kick-Off 7:45pm)

Remarkably if the Saturday game does not go ahead and bearing in mind Sky Sports are now covering the Hull home game live on Monday 11th March, we will not have a Saturday home game until we play Bristol City on Saturday 6th April! Shocking!!




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 8 2013

Time: 4:00PM

Your Comments

Duff will face a late fitness test otherwise according to BBC Sport, Dyche has a fully-fit squad to choose from! As far as Bolton goes midfielders Stuart Holden and Mark Davies (shoulder), and defenders David Wheater (knee) and Matt Mills (thigh) are still unavailable. Midfielder Keith Andrews (thigh) is out but new deadline day signings Steve De Ridder and Craig Dawson may feature
turfmanphil
Good to see Bolton have a few big players out, and I can see us winning this one. We have been playing really good recently, as opposed to Bolton, and I am really confident and really looking forward to this one, even without Coyle.
AdamBurnleyFan
Don't know why feeling a bit apprehesive about this one! Hate playing teams that have gone x games without winning!!
turfmanphil
Duff doesn't make it Edgar fills him for him. Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Edgar, Shackell, Marney, McCann, Wallace, Austin, Ings, Stanislas. Subs: Paterson, Vokes, Long, Mills, Stock, Treacy, Jensen. Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Spearing, Pratley, De Ridder, Eagles, Chung-Yong, Sordell. Subs: Ricketts, Ream, Vela, C Davies, K Davies, N’Gog, Lonergan.
8clarets8
News on CLPlayer before KO that Ow*n has today become the 3rd person to say no thanks to Blackpool's rolling one-year manager contract offer. Being the third must have really hurt his pride. Dazza stoked the fires by saying that it would have been ironic if C*yle had left us for a club with what he saw as an infrastructure 10 years ahead of ours... and ended up with one 10 years behind. Which you could say was kind to Blackpool!!!
Couch Potato
Half-time: Bolton 0-0 Burnley, Wallace with our best chance from a free-kick that went over the bar, we are looking a bit dodgy from set pieces.
8clarets8
David Edgar heads in for Burnley get in!!! Bolton 0-1 Burnley
8clarets8
Davies makes it Bolton 1-1 Burnley :/
8clarets8
Davies nearly scores again....Paterson on for Wallace
8clarets8
N’Gog makes it 2-1 to Bolton for gawds sake!!!
8clarets8
Vokes on for Ings
8clarets8
Full-time: Bolton 2-1 Burnley.... blah!! blah!! blah!!
8clarets8
Gutted.
Grimsby Claret
bugger!!!! we win 3, then dont win for 3............. i know SD doesnt want the dreaded MOM award,............. well he's not going to get it for feb either!!!...... we lost to brum late on as well.......?? fitness a prob, or concentration issues??? ba**ard rover's leap frogged us n all, ( with a g-i-h-) Oh well, we'll win the next 3 hopefully. I have a bet with my WBA mate that the clarets will finish higher in CC than the baggies in PL...... anyone care to guess who's gunna be getting the round in come may???
perthozclaret
 

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