Both sides will be looking to bounce back to winning ways this weekend for very different reasons. Bolton went down 2-1 at relegation threatened Birmingham, whilst West Ham’s own relegation woes continued after the 2nd half demolition by Manchester United which ended in a 4-2 defeat at home.
Owen Coyle could put defender Zat Knight back into the first team after his return from a knee injury suffered in February. But will be without the likes of Stuart Holden and Sam Ricketts for selection after both underwent surgery for injuries.
At present there are no new injury concerns for Avram Grant and his Hammers team who sit in the relegation zone. A win at the Reebok will move them up the table and ease worries but it’ll be a tough ask against a Bolton side who have only lost one in the last ten games at the Reebok.
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Although, Bolton haven’t won any of the five games that midfielder Holden has missed and with West Ham midfielders, Scott Parker and Thomas Hitzlsperger impressing, they will look to control the game.
The form guide suggests this should be a home win, with Bolton only a point behind Everton in 7th, a win would move them into a comfortable position in the table if Everton lose at Wolves. However, with the character shown by West Ham since January has been impressive and hard to beat.
Match Prediction: Bolton 1-1 West Ham
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