Bolton manager Owen Coyle has said his side is ready for “the biggest game of this club’s season.”
In what is a massive weekend at the foot of the Premier League table; with Wolves also taking on Blackburn at Molineux, this could be a decisive weekend in the bid to avoid the drop. With 10 games to play; only two points separate these four sides. Bolton lie 19th, the penultimate place in the table on 20 points. They know that a win would take them above QPR (22 points) and out of the relegation zone with the season entering its final furlong.
Having beaten QPR 0-4 away on the opening day; the Trotters season has gone downhill ever since with Coyle’s side losing nine of their 13 home games so far this term.
QPR aren’t in much better form themselves since Mark Hughes replaced Neil Warnock as manager in January. The playing staff is also much changed since that opening day defeat with Tony Fernandes’ millions attracting the likes of Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cissé to the club. Improvement has been slow in coming however.
QPR have accrued seven points against the other four clubs (Wigan, Bolton, Wolves and Blackburn) battling the drop and Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off could be of particular significance to them as it is their last game against one of those four this season.
Bolton are expected to welcome veteran Kevin Davies back from a knee injury with the now 35 year-old having missing Bolton’s last three fixtures. Marcos Alonso has returned to Spain following his grandfather’s death.
QPR can welcome back Samba Diakite and Dijbril Cissé from suspension, and the duo could both be restored to the starting line-up. Cissé could partner Bobby Zamora up front, while fellow January recruit Diakite may replace Shaun Derry in midfield. Luke Young is also pushing for a starting spot after returning to the substitutes’ bench for last week’s draw with Everton following a month out with a hamstring injury.
Probable starting line-ups:
Bolton: Bogdan; Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts; Miyaichi, Reo-Coker, M Davies, Petrov; Klasnic, Ngog.
QPR: Kenny; Young, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Taiwo; Wright-Phillips, Diakite, Barton, Taarabt; Cisse, Zamora.