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After one of the finest away wins of the season at the Liberty Stadium, Newcastle return to their own patch to welcome struggling Bolton Wanderers, who continue to fight for their lives at the foot of the Premier League table.

Since the tragic incident involving Fabrice Muamba last month, the Trotters have been on something of an upsurge in form, picking up points regularly to edge themselves away from the relegation area. However, Fulham dealt Owen Coyle’s side a blow at the weekend, turning over a poor Bolton side 3-0 at the Reebok.

The Magpies have been in scintillating form of late, winning four on the bounce since losing to Arsenal in March. Much of the success for Alan Pardew’s side has been central to the form of Papiss Cisse, who has nine goals in his first eight games for his new club.

The Geordie bubble simply has not burst this season, and the very fact that they are within touching distance of the Champions’ League places is testament to the fine job the Newcastle manager has done. The signing of Cisse gave the side another gear, as well as a second real goal threat, and Europe looks a distinct possibility for the Magpies.

Since Good Friday’s win over Swansea, Cheick Tiote is doubtful for the visit of Bolton and expected not to be part of the set-up, with a two week break lurking after Monday night. The leave may do Newcastle good, as Fabricio Coloccini will be fully healed by the time Stoke City visit St James’ Park on the 21st March.

The Newcastle skipper won’t play a part on Monday, with the recently excellent James Perch expected to continue with Mike Williamson in the heart of defence. Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Leon Best and Sammy Ameobi are all missing too.

As for the visitors, the 3-0 loss to Fulham ended a three-match winning run and leaves them just one point above the drop zone. They are without Fabrice Muamba, who continues to make miraculous strides in his recovery in hospital, and Stuart Holden, who has been missing for over a year with knee injuries.

Rookie goalkeeper Adam Bogdan continues to keep out the more experienced option of Jussi Jaaskelainen for Bolton, as he tries in vain to keep Wanderers’ leaky defence out of the brown stuff. On-loan Arsenal  wonderkid Ryo Miyaichi looks to be Bolton’s one source of inspiration, but even he finds it hard to supply David N’Gog with chances simple enough for the Frenchman to convert.

A win for Newcastle could move them into the Champion’s League places, with Arsenal’s 4th place under threat if they lose to title-chasing Manchester City. With Stoke and Wigan next up for Pardew’s impressive side and Papiss Cisse breaking the net on a regular basis, the Geordies might just be ensuring their passport pictures aren’t too embarrassing.

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    i would play a 4 3 1 2…

  2. mike

    Im a newcastle fan but I like bolton and im gonna be fare and give a realistic view of what I think will happen firstly there is know such thing as an easy game in the prem theese days every team when swicthed on and doing there jobs properly can give a hard fought game so I think you have newcastle who have a great togetherness and qaulity players with the goal of getting into europe depending on what happens with everton ofcourse then you have bolton a hard nitty gritty team who is famous for getting themselves out of trouble when it matters and are fighting for there lifes at the moment to stay up so with the 2 teams each having different goals to acheive before the season is done I think the likely hood is this game will be a very hard fought draw of 1-1 but if any team is to win it will be newcastle 2-1 and thats only because they have better and more people who can finish but as far as effort and drive goes i think bolton will match us all the way cheers and thanks regards mike come!!! on!!! the!!! toon!!!


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