Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Bolton v Everton Premiership Preview: McCann Suspended For Trotters – Cahill & Arteta Should Start For Toffees

Bolton Wanderers take on David Moyes’ Everton in the Premier League at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday.

The Trotters go into this clash with Everton on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Spurs’ first win in the Premiership this season. Bolton have not won at the Reebok since their victory over Stoke City on the opening day of the season, with manager Gary Megson hoping that his squad can bounce back quickly from their defeat to Tottenham as they prepare for their second match in three days.

Toffees boss David Moyes will take encouragement from Everton’s spirited draw with European Champions Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday, but will be eager to take all three points against Bolton, with the Merseyside club not having won since mid September, when they beat Stoke 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium.

Bolton will have to face Everton without Gavin McCann, who was sent off for two bookable offences against Spurs and is suspended. Megson is otherwise able to call on a fully fit squad for the trip to Goodison, with record signing Johan Elmander likely to lead the line for the Trotters.

Moyes is unable to call on defenders Tony Hibbert (ankle) and Lars Jacobsen (shoulder) for this North West derby, with Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta set to start in midfield and Louis Saha likely to get the nod over Yakubu in attack.

Bolton Wanderers: (from) Jaaskelainen, Hunt, A O’Brien, J O’Brien, Samuel, Nolan, Cahill, Muamba, Taylor, Elmander, Smolarek, Gardner, Walker, Davies, Steinsson, Riga, Helguson, Vaz Te, Shittu, Cohen, Al Habsi, Sinclair, Harsanyi, Sissons, Woolfe

Everton: (from) Howard, Yobo, Baines, Lescott, Neville, Pienaar, Arteta, Cahill, Saha, Yakubu, Anichebe, Jagielka, Nash, Castillo, Turner, Vaughan, Valente, Osman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Ruddy, Gosling, Kissock, Baxter

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