Sunderland v Bolton : Black Cats hopeful of pouncing on top half finish
Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers, Saturday 15:00
After going through a huge slump in form, Sunderland will be odds on to capitalize upon Bolton’s current predicament and get back to winning ways on Saturday as Ladbrokes offer free bets and tip the hosts to maintain their push for a mid-table finish at the Stadium of Light.
Martin O’Neill’s side have won just once in their last six games and have slipped down the Premier League table.
That being said, a win would provide the Black Cats with the means necessary to move into seventh place, providing that several other fixtures go in their favour.
Sunderland were hit with the news earlier this week that Sebastian Larsson will sit on the sidelines for the remainder of the season after undergoing a hernia operation.
Another face who will miss this weekend’s meeting against Bolton is Craig Gardner who saw two yellow cards against Aston Villa last weekend.
The North East outfit’s midfield is further affected by the injury of Lee Cattermole, who is a doubt for Saturday after suffering a knee injury in the loss against Everton three weeks ago.
Bolton have significantly better fortune when it comes to injury concerns and are hoping to welcome Mark Davies, Chris Eagles, Ryo Miyaichi and Darren Pratley back from varying spells out of action.
One even bigger boost for the club however, was this week’s news that Lee Chung-Yong had returned to training and Owen Coyle is hoping that his star will play his first match of the season in the coming weeks.
Coyle’s men have taken thirteen points from the last possible 21, putting them back into the race for survival.
However, nobody in the Bolton camp can get complacent just yet, as QPR, Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic all continue their improvements also.
The Trotters can move back out of the drop zone and into 16th place this weekend, providing that other results go in their favour.