Bolton boss Owen Coyle will face his old side for the first time since quitting Burnley earlier this month to take over at the Reebok Stadium. Vladimir Weiss could make his league debut for the home side after his loan move from Manchester City while Burnley manager Brian Laws expects to have an almost fully-fit squad to choose from as his team try to achieve a long-overdue first Premier League away win of the season.

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Bolton Wanderers

  • Owen Coyle will face his old side for the first time since quitting to become Bolton boss this month.
  • Coyle claimed his first victory at the weekend with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup.
  • Vladimir Weiss could make his debut after joining on loan from Manchester City.
  • The Trotters are unbeaten against Burnley in their last eight meetings.
  • Midfielder Mark Davies is facing up to three weeks out with an ankle injury.
  • Defender Danny Shittu is away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations.
  • Bolton are still to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season.
  • The Trotters have conceded in their last 22 league games.


  • Chris McCann, Jay Rodriquez and Martin Paterson could all feature after being passed fit following long-term injuries.
  • Defender Clarke Carlisle is in line to return after three weeks out with a groin strain.
  • Striker David Nugent scored when the two sides shared a 1-1 draw on Boxing Day.
  • Four of the last five games between the clubs have ended in draws.
  • Striker Steven Fletcher is a doubt with an ankle problem.
  • Burnley have taken just one point from 11 away games - the worst record in the Premier League.
  • They have conceded an average of more than three goals a game in that period.
  • Steven Caldwell is out for another week with a groin problem.
  • Burnley have not won in ten league games.

Expert Advice

There promises to be a highly-charged atmosphere for Owen Coyle’s first encounter with his old club but Bolton have shown encouraging signs under their new manager over the last week and hopes will be high of a home win at the Reebok Stadium. The Trotters gave Arsenal an almighty fright last week before ending Sheffield United’s hopes of FA Cup glory last weekend and they come into the game in a positive frame of mind. The same cannot be said of Burnley who found themselves dumped out of the cup by Championship Reading last Saturday and, having claimed just a point on the road this season so far, it’s hard to see the run ending here, so Betsson’s odds of 3.00 for a home win by two goals or more appears a value bet.

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