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EPL Day 6 Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Manchester United

Bolton Wanderers vs Manchester United

Sunday 26 September 2010 | KO: 12.00 BST | Reebok Stadium

Manchester United will be seeking maximum points from their Premier League derby at Bolton on Sunday afternoon.




The Red Devils, undefeated in the league this season, make the short trip to the Reebok Stadium looking to narrow Chelsea's four-point cushion at the top of the table.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men will be buoyed by their midweek Carling Cup triumph over Scunthorpe and a Dimitar Berbatov-inspired victory over Liverpool last weekend.

All eyes are likely to be on the Bulgarian striker on Sunday in anticipation of further heroics, which could relieve some of the pressure on misfiring team-mate Wayne Rooney.

The Trotters, meanwhile, are likely to have all guns blazing for the encounter after being humiliatingly dumped out of the cup by manager Owen Coyle's former club, Burnley, on Tuesday.

Coyle's men have suffered just one defeat in the league so far this term, but have also only claimed one three-point haul, against struggling West Ham last month.

The statistics are in United's favour, with Ferguson's men having done the double over Bolton for the last two seasons, with Bolton having not enjoyed a win against their neighbours since their home triumph in November 2007.

Coyle is expected to revert to a full-strength line-up having made eight

changes for the Turf Moor cup clash.

Kevin Davies and Jussi Jaaskelainen return to the Bolton fold having missed the Clarets defeat through suspension.

Defender Gary Cahill is unavailable as he serves the final game of his three-match ban following his sending off at Arsenal earlier this month.

Andy O'Brien is still sidelined with an ankle problem, meaning Sam Ricketts is likely to deputise again after impressing off the bench at Aston Villa last Saturday.

Joey O'Brien and Sean Davis remain unavailable as they continue to nurse injuries.


United boss Ferguson will recall the bulk of the side that saw off Liverpool after making 11 changes at Scunthorpe.

The visitors are expected to welcome back Rio Ferdinand from injury after he came through the Iron clash unscathed, with Jonny Evans likely to make way for the skipper.

Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Owen Hargreaves remain absent.


Possible starting XIs:

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Ricketts, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Holden, Petrov, Elmander, Davies.

Manchester United: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney.

From: SkySports

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