Bolton Wanderers match preview

West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers
Barclays Premier League
Boleyn Ground
Saturday 6 March 2010
Referee: Lee Probert






• West Ham United will take on Bolton Wanderers seeking to extend their unbeaten home Barclays Premier League run to six matches. The Hammers' previous five home matches have seen them record four wins and a draw, keeping clean sheets in their last four league games in east London.

• The Hammers go into Tuesday's game 13th in the Barclays Premier League table. Gianfranco Zola's men cannot rise in the standings as they are seven points adrift of Blackburn Rovers in 12th, although they do have a game in hand. Bolton sit 15th, a point adrift of their hosts.

• West Ham are seeking to end a run of five consecutive defeats at the hands of the Trotters. In all, the Hammers have failed to beat Bolton in six matches - a run stretching back to the 3-1 home league win at the Boleyn Ground on 5 May 2007, when Carlos Tevez netted twice and Mark Noble once. Gary Speed scored Bolton's goal.

• Bolton have beaten West Ham twice at home this season, winning 3-1 on both occasions. The first came in the Carling Cup third round on 22 September, followed by a Premier League success on 15 December.

• This is the 54th league meeting between the two sides. Bolton have won 27, West Ham have won 18 and there have been eight draws.

• West Ham have not lost at home in the Barclays Premier League since the 5 December visit of Manchester United. Since then the club have drawn 1-1 with Chelsea, won 2-0 against Portsmouth, drawn 0-0 with Blackburn Rovers, beaten Birmingham City 2-0 and won 3-0 over Hull City.

• The most recent meeting at the Boleyn Ground took place on 5 October 2008, when Bolton ran out 3-1 winners. Kevin Davies and Gary Cahill put the visitors two goals up before Carlton Cole pulled one back for the hosts, only for Matthew Taylor to wrap up the three points with a long-range strike.

• The lineups that day were:

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Neill, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami , Parker, Noble, Etherington (Sears 79), Di Michele (Bellamy 54), Bellamy, Sears
Subs not used: Lastuvka, Lopez, Davenport, Mullins, Boa Morte

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, A.O'Brien, Cahill, Samuel, Nolan, McCann, Muamba (J.O'Brien 80), Gardner, K.Davies, Elmander (Taylor 73)
Subs not used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Shittu, Smolarek, Riga

• West Ham's biggest home win over Bolton Wanderers occurred in the shape of a 6-0 victory on 13 February 1926.

Match sponsors

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Last time out

Tuesday 23 February 2010
Barclays Premier League
Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United
West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Upson, Tomkins, Spector, Behrami (Collison 63), Kovac, Noble, Diamanti (Dyer 75), Franco (Mido 46), Cole
Subs not used: Stech, Da Costa, Daprela, Ilan

Saturday 27 February 2010
Barclays Premier League
Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Ricketts, Robinson, Holden, Muamba, Wilshere (Taylor 82), Lee (Weiss 89), K.Davies, Elmander (Klasnic 65)
Subs not used: Al Habsi, A.O'Brien, Riga, Cohen
Goal: Knight 45

Last meeting

• The teams last met at the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday 15 December 2009, when Bolton Wanderers ran out 3-1 winners in the Premier League.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Cohen, Taylor (Gardner 76), K.Davies, Klasnic (Basham 83)
Subs not used: Al Habsi, A.O'Brien, Ricketts, Samuel, Elmander
Goals: Lee 64, Klasnic 77, Cahill 88

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Ilunga, Dyer (Stanislas 21), Parker, Kovac, Collison, Stanislas (Da Costa 87), Franco, Diamanti
Subs not used: Kurucz, Spector, Daprela, Payne, Nouble

Old boys

• Among those players who have represented both clubs are Frank Costello, George Eccles, Thomas Kinsell and William Yenson.

Head to head

Last six meetings: (Premier League unless stated)

15 December 2009 - Bolton Wanderers 3-1 West Ham United
22 September 2009 - Bolton Wanderers 3-1 West Ham United (League Cup third round)
21 February 2009 - Bolton Wanderers 2-1 West Ham United
5 October 2008 - West Ham United 1-3 Bolton Wanderers
12 April 2008 - Bolton Wanderers 1-0 West Ham United
4 November 2007 - West Ham United 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

Overall record v Bolton Wanderers (all competitions) W 22 D 10 L 32


• Saturday's referee will be Lee Probert.

• Aged 37, Probert has been a Premier League referee since summer 2007.

• Born in Gloucestershire, Probert made his way through the local leagues before joining the Football Conference list, being promoted to the Football League list of referees in 2003.

• Probert has taken charge of one previous West Ham match this season - the 2-0 home league win over Portsmouth on Boxing Day 2009.

West Ham United

• The Hammers have scored all seven of the penalties they have been awarded this season, a Barclays Premier League high.

• West Ham have scored 35 goals this season in the league with 14 different players on target. Carlton Cole leads the way (nine), with Alessandro Diamanti (six) and Guille Franco and Matthew Upson (three) next in line. Jack Collison, Mark Noble, Junior Stanislas (two each), Ilan, Manuel da Costa, the departed Luis Jimenez, Zavon Hines, Radoslav Kovac, Valon Behrami and Julien Faubert have also registered. An own-goal from Everton's Tony Hibbert completes the tally.

• Scott Parker has been cautioned nine times this season and Faubert, Franco and Noble five each. Cole, Collison and Kovac are each on four yellow cards, but will not be suspended if they receive a fifth as the FA disciplinary deadline has passed. Should any player reach ten cautions before the second Sunday in April, they will receive a two-mach suspension.

• Only Robert Green has played in every league game for the club this season. He is on a run of 114 successive league starts.

• Cole is on a run of 16 goals in 29 league starts since Boxing Day 2008 when he scored the second goal in a 4-1 win at Portsmouth.

Bolton Wanderers

• Bolton Wanderers are seeking another morale-boosting Premier League win after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at their Reebok Stadium last Saturday.

• Bolton manager Owen Coyle brings a side to the Boleyn Ground for the second time this season, having been in charge of Burnley when the Clarets were beaten 5-3 on 28 November 2009.

• The Trotters' leading scorer this season is centre-back Gary Cahill with seven goals in all competitions, but the defender will be absent this weekend after suffering a blood clot in his arm.

• Croatia forward Ivan Klasnic is the club's top scorer in the league, having netted six times in 18 appearances.

• Finland goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is Bolton's only ever-present in the Premier League this season, having started all 27 league matches. Kevin Davies has started 26 times, scoring three goals.

• Bolton players have received just two red cards this season. Jlloyd Samuel and Sean Davis are the pair to have received their marching orders this term.

• Kevin Davies and Fabrice Muamba have both been booked eight times this season - more than any other Bolton player.

Team news

• Scott Parker should be back after missing the defeat at Manchester United last week. Mark Noble will be absent though with an arm injury suffered in that contest at Old Trafford.

• Kieron Dyer could be in the running to make his first start since doing so at Bolton Wanderers on 15 December 2009, having recovered from a muscle problem to appear as a substitute at Manchester United.

• Danny Gabbidon has returned to full training following a hamstring problem. It is thought this match may be too soon.

• Benni McCarthy (knee) is not expected to return this weekend but has been doing well in his recovery from a knee problem.

• Herita Ilunga is also out after suffering a tendon injury in the defeat of Birmingham City on 10 February.

• Luis Boa Morte (knee), Calum Davenport (leg) and Zavon Hines (knee) are all long-term absentees. Boa Morte has been doing some individual training around the Chadwell Heath pitches - having not played since his cruciate ligament injury at the Barclays Asia Trophy in China in July.

• Bolton Wanderers will definitely be without midfielder Stuart Holden, who suffered a broken leg in the United States' 2-1 friendly defeat in the Netherlands on Wednesday evening.

• Centre-back Gary Cahill will also be absent after suffering a blood clot in his arm, while combative midfielder Sean Davies is ruled out for the remainder of the season with a cruciate knee ligament problem.

• Defender Chris Basham is out with a knee injury, while former England midfielder Gavin McCann is nursing an ankle injury.

• To compound Bolton's injury problems, right-sided defender Joey O'Brien has a knee injury, while promising midfielder Mark Davies is also expected to miss out with a foot problem.

General info

• A limited number of tickets for Saturday's game will remain on sale until kick-off. For further information, click here.

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• Saturday's weather forecast is for sunny intervals with a maximum daytime temperature of 7C.