Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Blackburn v Bolton Preview [Football]

Given the North West element to this blog I think its only fitting I preview tonights North West derby between Blackburn and Bolton.

Blackburn have virtually a full squad for tonight's game at Ewood Park with Jason Roberts and Matt Derbyshire back in contention after missing the game against Sunderland in the FA Cup. David Dunn is also available but Steven Reid is still out with injury.

Bolton have a strong squad of players to choose from including Captain Kevin Nolan, who has served his two match ban (and returns from minor surgery on an ankle problem). New winger Mark Davies, a £1m signing from Wolves, is expected to start from the bench.

This should be a good game as Sam Allardyce will want to get a result aganist his old club. Gary Megson has got Bolton playing as a team that are hard to break down and they performed quite well against Man Utd and Arsenal so I expect this to be a physical game, although maybe not a lot of goals.


Blackburn (from): Robinson, Samba, Nelsen, Warnock, Ooijer, Olsson, Emerton, Tugay, Mokoena, Andrews, Pedersen, Dunn, McCarthy, Santa Cruz, Roberts, Derbyshire, Brown, Grella, Khizanishvili, Vogel, Villanueva, Judge, Simpson, Givet, Bunn, Treacy.

Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, K Davies, Basham, Muamba, Gardner, Nolan, Taylor, Makukula, Puygrenier, Obadeyi, Al Habsi, Bogdan, M Davies, Smolarek, Riga, Shittu.

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