Bolton v. Sunderland: Lineups and Open Thread

Here we are, in match 2 of 3 in the Run of Fixtures We Must Get Results From (as opposed to the the Run of Fixtures of Death™). Sunderland have been facing quite a few problems themselves this season, including managerial estrangement. They also have yet to win on the road. Given our good result and performance last week, I am hesitantly optimistic about this match, but have a look at the lineups and decide for yourself.

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Bolton Wanderers v. Sunderland 
Location: The Reebok
Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 3:00pm GMT/9:00am ET

Records (W-D-L, +/-, Points, Place):

Bolton: 2-0-6, -10, 6, 18th

Form: L-L-L -L -W

Sunderland: 1-3-4, 0, 6, 17th

Form: L-W-L-D-L 

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GK: Jussi Jaaskelainen
GK: Simon Mignolet
RB: Dedryck Boyata RB: Michael Turner
CB: David Wheater
CB: Wes Brown
CB: Gary Cahill CB: Kieran Richardson
LB: Paul Robinson
LB: John O'Shea
RW: Chris Eagles RW: Sebastian Larsson
CM: Nigel Reo-Coker  CM: Stephane Sessegnon
CM: Darren Pratley CM: Jack Colback
LW: Martin Petrov LM: David Vaughan
ST: Kevin Davies ST: Connor Wickham
ST: David Ngog ST: Nicklas Bendtner

 

Bolton subs: Bogdan, Tuncay, Gardner, Knight, M Davies, Klasnic, Kakuta

Sunderland subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Cattermole, Gardner, Dong-Won, Meyler, Elmohamady

This is a predictable lineup from Coyle, and is entirely unchanged from last week. As expected, Boyata retains his place in the side and Steinsson doesn't even feature on the bench for the second week running. Wheater also gets the nod again, having usurped his place from Zat Knight. Hopefully Chreagles can put in another stunner of a performance and prove it wasn't a one off, especially has the left side is an identified weakness in Sunderland. 

I won't hold any pretensions and admit that I could've sussed the Sunderland lineup incorrectly. It looks as though Steve Bruce could be going with a 4-4-1-1 again, relying on Sessegnon in the midfield to create plays and Bendtner up top to convert them

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