Bolton Wanderers match preview

West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers
Barclays Premier League
Boleyn Ground
Sunday 4 November
Kick-off: 4pm
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

Sky Sports

WHUTV - Live audio coverage along with behind the scenes footage in the run up to the game including Alan Curbishley's pre-match press conference and a chance to hear from Matthew Upson and Nolberto Solano. WHUTV also has all the highlights and reaction from our recent successes against Sunderland, Portsmouth and Coventy City. Click here for a special membership three-month offer.

Team news

Mark Noble and Hayden Mullins are both in contention despite having to come off in the midweek Carling Cup match. Manager Alan Curbishley is set to stick with much of the personnel that won at Coventry to make it three games unbeaten in all competitions although he has been further boosted by the return of Nolberto Solano and Henri Camara. Both were cup-tied for Tuesday's 2-1 victory.

Carlton Cole, with two goals in three games, is set to lead the attack again, possibly alongside Camara, while Robert Green should return in goal at the expense of Richard Wright, who got a valuable 90 minutes in the cup. Of those who figured at Coventry, only Anton Ferdinand (hamstring) is likely to be missing with Danny Gabbidon possibly coming in while Jonathan Spector and John Pantsil will hope to have impressed after substitute appearances last time out.

Bolton, who have not won away in the league this season and have only stopped the opposition scoring once in 18 games, are set to be without talismanic striker Nicolas Anelka (hamstring), who has scored six goals in league action this season. Defender Ricardo Gardner, midfielder Ivan Campo and forward Kevin Davies were all rested for the 1-0 midweek cup defeat by Manchester City but could return, while full-back Jloyd Samuel came through for his first appearance since mid-September.


West Ham United are eleventh with 14 points from ten games, and have at least game in hand on all nine sides below in the league standings. A victory would move the club into tenth position and within striking position of the top eight.

The club have won all four league matches in which they have scored first this season and only Chelsea of the 20 top-flight clubs have also not thrown away a match-winning position. Bolton have not won in seven outings and are level with last-placed Derby County. The visitors are next in action with Thursday's trip to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup.

This fixture starts a run of three games for Curbishley's men against teams currently occupying the relegation zone, with the next outing at Derby on Saturday before Tottenham Hotspur, under new manager Juande Ramos, arrive on Sunday 25 November - again in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Last six meetings

5 May 2007 - West Ham United 3-1 Bolton Wanderers (Premier League)
9 December 2006 - Bolton Wanderers 4-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
15 March 2006 - West Ham United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers (FA Cup)
11 March 2006 - Bolton Wanderers 4-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
18 February 2006 - Bolton Wanderers 0-0 West Ham United (FA Cup)
26 October 2005 - Bolton Wanderers 1-0 West Ham United (League Cup)

Club information

All tickets are now SOLD OUT. For more information on ticketing, click here. For more information on the Boleyn Ground, including a detailed stadium plan, click here  

Weather: The forecast for Sunday is for a clear sunny day with temperatures set to reach around 13C.