Saturday, April 9, 2011

Owen Coyle Wants Goals!

Bolton's manager has put out an extremely attacking lineup for today's home match against West Ham.

It's a little unclear what the formation will be, but I will try and discern what I can.

Zat Knight partners Gary Cahill in his return from injury.  Consequently, there is not even a place on the bench for David Wheater.  Coyle has played our two most attack-minded fullbacks, Gretar Steinnson and Marcos Alonso.

Fabrice Muamba will hold in front of the back four, while Martin Petrov and Lee Chung-Yong will rampage up and down the wings.  Now this is where it gets confusing.  Kevins Davies and Daniel Sturridge are up top, but where is Johann Elmander playing?

Some on the message boards think it will be a 4-3-3, but that would require Lee and Petrov tuck inside and match up against Scott Parker and Mark Noble.  I can't see that happening.  In fact, I think Elmander will continue to show his versatility by taking over Stuart Holden's playmaker role in the center of the pitch.  And you know what, I believe he will do a job for us.

This team seems to confirm that the manager has given up on the idea of Bolton keeping a clean sheet, and he is just going to try to outscore the opposition.  I think we will succeed.  Final prediction; Bolton 3, West Ham 2.

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