Probable Team Lineups: Bolton v Wolves

Some people has called this game a twelve-pointer, maybe not totally without reasons. It’s a water shedder for both teams and extremely important for the clubs to win if they want to keep their supporters happy and avoid relegation. Maybe a little bit more so for Bolton who are under the relegation line already.

Wolves are troubled with injuries on O’Hara and Zubar and the horrible three match ban on Nenad Milijas. Foley is reported to travel with Wolves, but will probably act as a cover on the bench for Stearman. Craddock is still doubtful if I’ve got it right.

Bolton has a long row of injuries; S Davis, Alonso, Mears, Holden Lee , Gardner and probably Pratley. I believe most of them doesn’t have a place in the starting eleven normally, though. Cahill is about to be sold so he will probably not figure in this game.

To have both Milijas and O’Hara out is of course a big concern for Wolves, but it doesn’t have to spell disaster. We still have at least four possible replacements who can play well in inner midfield, but it is not an ideal situation.

Bolton play a straight 4-4-2, even against the best teams in the league. Perhaps that is the reason for their low position this season?! That and the fact that they don’t have a performing goalscorer. Wolves-educated midfielder Mark Davies has struggled two seasons to get into the team, but now he seem to have reached his goal and he has started the last ten games for them.

He has mostly played to the right, but also in the middle. He has scored for them a couple of games ago and will of course be eager to do that against us, as he has a point to prove to Mick McCarthy and others. I don’t wish him luck with that, but still believe that McCarthy could have treated him differently when he was a Wolves player. Enough said.

The fact that Bolton very probable will play 4-4-2 lead me to believe that we will do the same. I’ve got it wrong lately about our formation and I’m not sure this time either, but the fact that we have two inner midfielders out also speaks for a four man midfield this time. With Hunt in the starting eleven we can still have a strong inner mid when defending.

Before I line-out the probable starters, what will the probable result be for this encounter? I’m positive and believe we can feed on the desperation of the Bolton team and pick up at least one point in this game, maybe all three. We showed against Arsenal that we can defend and have a fantastic keeper and it should be possible to get at least one, probably two balls in their net. Two all or two against one for Wolves, I see as probable results.




~ by paddytheflea on December 30, 2011.

7 Responses to “Probable Team Lineups: Bolton v Wolves”

  1. Very close to call this game. Both teams are nervy when under presure and in reality are almost in the same position. Wolves will be shredded after the Arsenal game but on a high-I am worried about Berra who is vital in our defence at the moment and so many games for such a hard worker will be taking it’s toll. When he gets tired he tends to grab and pull and a red card/penalty situation is a real risk.

    The team I think (and fervently hope!!) may figure Hammill as he is relatively fresh and Hunt will be need to be rested for the game against Chelsea, Edwards is also still a doubt so Forde may feature again. Otherwise I agree with your line up.

    I think wolves will edge it but we have to play at the better end of our very variable range. I’ll be optimistic and say 2-1 as I think Bolton will be under par. I hope I’m right as a good away win is sorely needed at the moment especially as it puts Bolton in real trouble if we win well.

    Up the Wolves.

  2. Hi Paddy,

    I have a feeling that Forde will start, given the lack of Milias and Forde’s performance on Boxing day +1. I would home we go 4-5-1 but I am not sure either. I think Stearman is nailed on, but would rather Foley if fit. How about:


  3. I agree that wolves will play 4-4-2 due to the shortage of midfielders and for the same reason I think MM will play Hunt on the right to support the midfield pairing. Surely too risky to play Edwards so soon after his lay off so I expect Guedioura to play alongside Henry as the only alteration from your team. Doyle will be chosen ahead of Ebanks-Blake as he can offer more help to the midfield when we have the ball. Forde will be rested (and brought back for the cup game) so that Foley and Edards can be on the bench with theonly other 5 senior players available to us: De Vries, Elokobi, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, & Hamill. I worry about the lack of creativity in the team and Davies is starting to show thetalent the coaching team always told us he had. I’m worried – a few weeks ago i expected top win this – but with O’Hara and Milijas out I think I would take a draw now.

    • You may be right about Guedi, Chess Wolf, but Edwards uses to go right into the starting eleven when he comes back from injury, so I believe he will play. I’ve picked Doyler instead of SEB for the same reason as you. Take a draw now? Nope!

  4. Apparently Cahill will play for Bolton against Wolves after all. Coyle said to the press today:

    “Gary is focused on the game against Wolves and wants to make sure he does his best for Bolton Wanderers,”


  5. I really hope Ebanks Blake plays from start. He played so well last time, scored a goal and created several dangerous situations.

    Frimpong has signed a loan deal for the rest of the season! Sensational good news for the new year! Add one striker and we have a very strong squad. We are here to stay – I’m certain.

  6. I would keep a shape of 4-5-1 when we go 4-4-2 (or 4-2-4) we havent scored anymore goals and we tend to let more in.The longer the game goes on without Bolton scoring the more nervous they will get.

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