Bolton boss Gary Megson will be hoping 2009 ends with the double celebration of victory and seeing his side finally record their first clean sheet of the season at the 18th time of asking. Victory for the Trotters would see them extend their unbeaten run to four games and leave Hull still searching for their first win on the road in 24 Premier League fixtures.

Quick Check

Bolton Wanderers

  • Midfielder Fabrice Muamba is available again after a one-match ban.
  • Striker Ivan Klasnic has scored four goals in his last five games.
  • Kevin Davies needs one more goal to reach his half century for Bolton in the Premier League.
  • The Trotters have scored in six of their last seven matches.
  • Bolton’s defeat at Hull in August was their first against the Tigers in seven games.
  • Gavin McCann has been ruled out with an ankle injury.
  • Danny Shittu is available for the final time in the league before leaving for the African Cup of Nations.
  • Bolton have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 19 games.
  • Gary Megson’s side is still the only Premier League team to concede in every match this season.

Hull City

  • Veteran Nicky Barmby is hoping to start after overcoming a calf strain.
  • Midfielder Jimmy Bullard will be out for at least another month with a knee injury.
  • The Tigers have kept only two cleans sheets in 18 games.
  • Hull have failed to win any of their last 23 Premier League games away from home.
  • Phil Brown’s team has won only five of their last 39 league matches.
  • Hull have taken just two points from nine fixtures on the road this season.
  • The Tigers have failed to score in three of their last four games.

Expert Advice

Watch out for a fiercely contested game at the Reebok Stadium as both teams bid for the victory that they hope will lift themselves out of the relegation zone going into 2010. Bolton seem to have put a dismal November behind them and will go into the game as favourites. While shipping goals at the back continues to be a problem, importantly for them, their key senior players have started performing again. Hull beat Gary Megson\'s side when the teams met back in August but the Tigers remain dreadful on the road and Betsson\'s price of 3.6 for the home side to resume their winning run against the visitors with a one-goal victory appears a sound bet.

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