Bolton Wanderers have managed three points from their first three games while Norwich City have taken just two points after draws in their first two matches. The two teams haven't clashed in the Premier League since 2005 when Bolton were 1-0 winners thanks to a brilliant Stelios Giannakopoulos that curled its way into the upper 90 at the far post. Bolton will look look to get back to their winning ways after three straight losses while Norwich want to record their first Premier League victory since May 7, 2005.
Bolton will finally get some respite from the brutal start to the 2011/2012 season as this is the first game after QPR against a team that didn't sit in the top six at the end of the last campaign. The Trotters are expected to ring in the changes to this game following the 5-0 loss to Manchester United and a strong Reserves performance against Arsenal. David Ngog, Tuncay Sanli, Gael Kakuta, and Darren Pratley could all start the match while David Wheater, Fabrice Muamba, and Stuart Holden could make appearances.
Bolton's injury list is still quite sizable as Chung-Yong Lee, Tyrone Mears, Sam Ricketts, Marcos Alonso, and Sean Davis (who made an appearance in the team photo) are still out. It's not all rosy for Norwich as defenders Zak Whitbread, Daniel Ayala, and Elliot Ward are all out while goalkeeper John Ruddy will be back for the Canaries after being suspended in the last match.
Finally, an Opta stat for you:
The last three times Bolton and Norwich have played at the Reebok, Bolton Wanderers have won all three with a 1-0 scoreline.