Bolton v Norwich preview, 3pm Saturday

Norwich travel to Bolton on Saturday for a 3pm kick off at the Reebok Stadium where they will be hoping to get their first win of the season following last week’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

Bolton will also be hoping to get their season back on track following three defeats in a row against the top two Manchester teams and Liverpool in the league in a very unfortunate string of fixtures for the Trotters.

Owen Coyle’s team got their season off to a dream start with a 4-0 away win at Queen’s Park Rangers but their next three fixtures were always going to be difficult to take points from as they lost 3-2 at home to Manchester City, lost 3-1 to Liverpool at Anfield and then shipped five goals against the champions Manchester United at home.

Coyle can take positives from their performance against Man City in August but the way his team played against both Liverpool and Man United is a cause for concern as they rolled over with relative ease on both occasions.

At Anfield, the 3-1 scoreline flattered the visitors as Liverpool could have had six or seven and Bolton’s goal came as a consolation in the last minute of the game while against United their goal-scoring threat was nearly non-existent.

A silver lining to Bolton’s problems up front is the emergence of Ivan Klasnic as a goal scorer, as the Croatian striker has bagged three goals already this season, nearly matching his tally for the entire league season last year.

Another positive for Bolton is the return of Stuart Holden from injury as the American midfielder played a full 90 minutes of reserve team football against Arsenal this week.
Norwich are still searching for their first win this season despite playing some impressive football in their opening fixtures.

The Canaries were unlucky to come away from The Hawthorns on Sunday without any points as they played well against West Brom but lacked the cutting edge up front to finish off their good play.

Paul Lambert’s side can also count themselves unlucky after their performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where two late strikes, a red card and a penalty saw Chelsea steal the points despite being outplayed in the second half by the newly-promoted side.

On paper, Norwich provide a good opponent for Bolton to get back to winning ways but, as the Canaries have proven so far, they won’t roll over for anyone and have the capacity for an upset.


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