To say that Newcastle United are flying high at the moment would be a massive understatement. The Magpies are unbeaten in their last seven home matches, including winning five of those games. In five matches at Sports Direct Arena, Papiss Demba Cisse has scored five goals for the Toon. Newcastle's front pairing of Cisse and Demba Ba are likely give a tired Bolton defense a lot of trouble.
After the Fulham match, Owen Coyle said to the press:
"We under-achieved and let ourselves down (against Fulham), no doubt about it. It is a setback and of course we are disappointed, particularly at home. Our home form had been very good of late and we were looking to capitalise on that. We now have to play again on Monday and we have to get ourselves up for that.
Bolton cannot afford to underachieve again. Newcastle are a very tough team this season. They sit in an unexpected sixth place on 56 points with Chelsea's superior goal differential the only thing keeping them out of Europe right now.
At home, Newcastle have scored 24 goals and allowed 15 while Bolton have scored 19 away but allowed a massive 32. Prior to the Wolves match in which Bolton scored three, the Whites were suffering a run of four straight games without scoring an away goal.
Newcastle stars Yahan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote are questionable for the Bolton match as both went off with injuries on Friday against Swansea. Midfielder (and former Bolton loanee) Danny Guthrie hasn't recovered from a hamstring injury yet. Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best, Sammy Ameobi, and Sylvain Marveaux are all out of contention as well.
Bolton have the usual injury suspects on the bench with Marcos Alonso a candidate to join them. The left back had a pretty awful game against Fulham and while he didn't look good in the first half, a calf injury might be to blame for the further dip in his performance. Gretar Steinsson is within shout of making a return to right back and if that's the case, Sam Ricketts will transition to the left.
None of Bolton's relegation rivals picked up points over the weekend. Bolton remain in 16th place with just a point separating the Men in White from the drop zone. Any points at Sports Direct Arena will be tough but we hope the boys go out and play to get something from it.