Bolton Wanderers

Stadium: Reebok Stadium (28,723)
Distance from OT: 19.5 miles
Position 07/08: 16th
Head-to-head 07/08: 2-0 (h) 0-1 (a)
When do we meet? 27/9 (h) 17/1 (a)

17/08/2008 08:00

Northern rocks: Bolton

Trotters need to pick up after a summer of wheeling and dealing…

Headmaster Old-school gaffer Gary Megson carved out his career with two of the top-flight new boys, West Brom and Stoke, against whom Bolton kick off this term. He eroded some of the derision that followed his appointment by steering the Trotters to safety.

Head boy Hotfoot from Euro 2008, Sweden's Johan Elmander has arrived to boost Bolton's attack – the team averaged less than a goal a game in the league last season.

Maths Bolton were the only sidenot to finish a man light in the Premier League last season. They saw more yellows than anyone bar Boro, though.

English A raft of young Trotters boost the 'home' head count (13) led by skipper Kevin Nolan and including Kevin Davies, Nicky Hunt and the Trinidad-born J-lloyd Samuel.

History After a catastrophic start came mid-term European progress, and the finish was encouraging – but skin-of-the-teeth survival is not real success.

Tuck shot item A packet of Revels: you never know if you're going to get a treat or a distasteful shock.

Predicted grade C+ Close to the top half: shot-shy Davies has to step up and Ricardo Vaz Te, whose 2007/08 was wrecked by injury, must also deliver.

Detention Nolan was booked 10 times in the league last term.


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