Friday 23 March 2018

Bolton Wanderers v Manchester United: match preview

Saturday, March 27
Bolton Wanderers v Manchester United
Reebok Stadium
Kick-off: 17.30 GMT
ESPN and ESPN HD 16:45pm, Highlights, BBC1 Match of the Day.

John Ley

Bolton Wanderers entertain champions Manchester United at the Reebox Stadium on Saturday evening.

Tale of the game

Bolton are without Gretar Steinsson, sent-off at Everton last Saturday. Sam Ricketts is a possible replacement for the right-back vacancy but Stuart Holden, Chris Basham, Joey O’Brien, Sean Davis and Gavin McCann are all ruled out.

They lost 2-1 at Old Trafford in October when an early Zat Knight own goal gave United the advantage before Antonio Valencia scored his first goal for the club. Matt Taylor replied late on for Bolton.

United have won their last six games, in all competitions, and they may rest leading scorer Wayne Rooney, who has an ongoing knee problem. Wes Brown, Michael Owen, Anderson, Danny Wellbeck, Ritchie de Laet and John O’Shea are all missing.

Probable teams

Bolton (4-4-1-1): Jaaskelainen; Ricketts, A O’Brien, Knight, Robinson; Lee, Muamba, Cohen, Wilshere; Davies; Elmander.

United (4-4-2): Van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Park; Berbatov.

Referee: Martin Atkinson. Matches: 23. R3. Y96.

This season: United 2 Bolton 1.

Last season: United 2 Bolton 0, Bolton 0 United 1.

Stat of the game: United have won their last four games against Bolton.

Betting tip: United by a goal; try a 2-1 away win at 7-1.

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