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Bolton v Burnley: The Big Preview

8 February 2013

Facts and stats ahead of Saturday's derby clash

Bolton v Burnley

Reebok Stadium

09/02/13 (kick-off 3pm)


The Clarets make only their second visit to the Reebok Stadium in 13 years as they look to confirm their status as Lancashire’s current top dogs in the Championship and stay in touch with the play-off places.

Just one point from two games has slowed Burnley’s charge but Martin Paterson’s late goal at Peterborough a week ago extended the Clarets’ unbeaten run away from home to four games.

Bolton, with just one win in seven League games, find themselves sitting just two places above the relegation zone after struggling to recover from relegation from the Premier League last season.

Former Burnley boss Owen Coyle paid the price for a poor start to the campaign – including an opening day defeat to the Clarets – with the sack in October.

But replacement Dougie Freedman is yet to reverse the decline with the former Crystal Palace manager overseeing only five wins (including one in the FA Cup) from his 21 games in charge.

On paper the Trotters look to have a squad and the resources capable of better and with only three home defeats this season will be pinning their hopes of a revival on their form at the Reebok Stadium.

But confidence can’t be sky high at a club where a second relegation would be a disaster and the Clarets will be looking to expose any weakness in their pursuit of a top-six place.

Last ten matches (Championship)



Bolton key man

Former Clarets’ winger Chris Eagles tops the stats charts at the Reebok Stadium and has started every Championship game since the opening day of the season when he came off the bench in a 2-0 defeat at Turf Moor.

The 27-year-old is Bolton’s leading scorer with seven goals and has had more shots, on and off target, and assists than any other player in the Championship. 

Last time out

Peterborough 2 (Rowe 65, 69) Burnley 2 (Austin 1, Paterson 85)

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Duff (Edgar 54), Shackell, Marney, McCann, Wallace (Vokes 68), Austin (Paterson 74), Ings, Stanislas. Subs: O’Neill, Stock, Treacy, Jensen.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Bostwick, Zakuani, Knight-Percival (Prtichard 55), Little, Boyd, McCann, Newell (Mendez-Laing 55), Rowe, Tomlin (Payne 85), Gayle. Subs: Brisley, Petrucci, Gordon, Day.

Attendance: 6,648

Watford 2 (Vydra 36, Abdi 70) Bolton 1 (Sordell pen 32)

Watford: M Almunia, L Doyley, F Hall, D Pudil, J Ekstrand (N Nosworthy 78), M Cassetti, N Chalobah (J Hogg 84), A Abdi, C Battocchio (J Eustace 89), T Deeney, M Vydra. Subs not used: J Bond, S Murray, A Geijo, F Forestieri.

Bolton: A Bogdan, Z Knight, S Ricketts, M Alonso, T Ream, D Pratley, C Eagles (S De Ridder 75), J Spearing, Chung-Yong Lee, J Vela (K Davies 76), M Sordell (C Davies 76). Subs not used: A Lonergan, C Dawson, D Ngog, G Wylde.

Attendance: 13,223 

Last meeting at Reebok Stadium


Bolton 1 (Lee 35) Burnley 0

Bolton: J Jaaskelainen, Z Knight, G Cahill, G Steinsson, S Ricketts, T Cohen , F Muamba, M Taylor (R Gardner 77), Chung-Yong Lee  (V Weiss 89), K Davies , I Klasnic (J Elmander 52). Subs not used: J Samuel, A O'Brien, P Robinson, A Al Habsi.

Burnley: B Jensen, T Mears, M Duff, C Carlisle, C Kalvenes, C Eagles (F Nimani 66), C McCann (K McDonald 13), G Alexander (M Paterson 17), W Elliott, D Nugent, S Fletcher. Subs not used: R Blake, D Penny, S Thompson, D Edgar.

Attendance: 23,986 

Team news

Burnley: Michael Duff could miss out with a calf injury sustained at Peterborough a week ago and Been Mee is still out with a knee injury.

Winger Dane Richards may not feature after his mid-week trip to Mexico for a World Cup qualifier with Jamaica.

Bolton: Long-term injury victims David Wheater and former Burnley target Stuart Holden are back in training but won’t be ready to return. Matt Mills and Keith Andrews also remain sidelined.

Mark Davies is also on the way back from a shoulder injury which has kept him out for two months and could figure.

January signings Craig Dawson, Steve De Ridder and Medo Kamara may also be involved but right-back Tyrone Mears looks unlikely to face his former club after falling out of favour.

Stat of the day

The Clarets look for a first win in three attempts at the Reebok Stadium after drawing on their inaugural visit in the Championship and then losing in the Premier League.

They say

Sean Dyche: “We don’t take anyone lightly but certainly not a team that’s down the road with that derby feel and the players they’ve got.

“But we do focus on ourselves and we are confident about what we are doing here. It’s important the players go there with confidence and that’s what we will do.”

Dougie Freedman: “It is a derby that we are very much looking forward to. We have done our homework on them in terms of what they do best and maybe one or two weaknesses that we can potentially capitalise on.

“As a manager we have to approach this game same to any other. It will test our character and mental strength, but we are playing very well.

“We could do with a bit of fortune in terms of holding onto games and seeing matches out, and if we can do that then I can see us spring-boarding up the league.”

Referee: Chris Foy

Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)


Watford v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)


Blackburn v Ipswich
Blackpool v Millwall
Bolton v Burnley
Bristol City v Nottm Forest
Charlton v Birmingham
Huddersfield v Cardiff
Middlesbrough v Barnsley
Peterborough v Leicester
Sheff Wed v Derby
Wolves v Leeds Utd
Brighton v Hull (5.20pm)

Click HERE for the Championship table

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