Bolton v Newcastle Preview
Having ended a five game losing streak with Tuesday victory over Blackburn Bolton will be looking to take another three points when Newcastle arrive a the Reebok Stadium on Boxing.
Beating Rovers lifted them off the bottom of the table but Owen Coyle’s side will need another win to lift themselves out of the bottom three.
Earlier in the season the visit of Alan Pardew’s men would have been cause for concern, but after a fast start, the Magpies form has cooled dramatically and they are now without a win in six games.
Their 3-2 home defeat against West Brom on Wednesday dropped them to seventh in the table. Having conceded four to Norwich there must be some concern about a defence that seems to have suddenly sprung a leak after a great start to the season.
A good performance is vital with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United upcoming on the Christmas calender and for that they will rely on in from striker Demba Ba to attack Bolton’s defence, which save for Gary Cahill has been uncertain all season.
Bolton’s added full-back Marcus Alonso to the list of long term injuries with the Spaniard set to have surgery on the foot problem that forced him off early against Blackburn
He joins Stuart Holden, Tyrone Mears and Chung-Yong Lee and Sean Davis on the injured list although Davis is nearing a return after more than two years out.
For Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye returns after he missed the defeat to West Brom due to suspension. However Dan Gosling is still serving a three match ban.
Davide Santon, will have to face a late fitness test to see if he has sufficiently recovered from a knee injury while Danny Guthrie is still out with his groin problem. Peter Lovenkrands also misses this game with a calf injury.
Bolton’s win at Blackburn came at a cost, with the subsequent news that Marcos Alonso will be out for up to six weeks with a foot injury.
The Spanish full-back limped off after 57 minutes and is set to have surgery to replace the pin in his foot.
Despite making a return for the reserves earlier this month, Sean Davis is not expected to feature for the first time in 27 months.
Stuart Holden, Tyrone Mears and Chung-Yong Lee remain long-term absentees.
Bolton have failed to win back to back games all season and will find it tough to do so against a Newcastle side desperate for a win to get their season back on track.
The Geordies are 2.88 on Betfair to record a first win in seven games and that’s good value against a team in the relegation zone.
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