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Macron Stadium (ATT 23,450) 11th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: H Webb

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Bolton 1

M Davies (67)


Wigan 2

J McArthur (76)

Bolton v Wigan preview

Relegation six-pointer at the Reebok Stadium

Last Updated: 10/02/12 3:58pm

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There is much more than just local pride at stake when Wigan make the short trip over the M61 to do battle with Bolton.

Form guide: Bolton: DWLWDL Wigan: DLLLLD Injuries: Bolton: Gardner, Alonso, Lee, Holden, Davis Wigan: Maloney, Kirkland Referee: Howard Webb Sky Bet odds: Bolton evens, Draw 12/5, Wigan 11/4 Jamie Redknapp's Red Hot Tips: Bolton to win 2-1 - 15/2 Opta stats: Only one of the last nine matches in all comps between Wigan and Bolton has ended as a home win (HW1 D5 AW3). Bet on Saturday's match

The pair make up two thirds of the bottom three in the Premier League with Wigan bottom and Bolton four points better off.

The Latics will be out to avenge October's 3-1 home defeat to the Trotters with Nigel Reo-Coker, David Ngog and Chris Eagles all netting that day.

Wigan have not done well against their neighbours recently having gone eight Premier League games without success since a 1-0 win in December 2008.

However, their current run of form is more worrying. Since beating West Brom in December the Latics are now nine top-flight games without a victory.

Roberto Martinez's strugglers can ill-afford to lose any more ground in the relegation scrap while a win for Bolton would see them move out of the drop zone.

Bolton news

Tim Ream could make his debut for Bolton for the visit of Wigan.

The United States centre-back, whose move from the New York Red Bulls was confirmed over a fortnight ago, has started training with his new team-mates this week after all the paperwork relating to the deal was completed.

He is set to be part of the Wanderers matchday squad for the first time, along with fellow January recruit Ryo Miyaichi, the Japanese winger signed on loan from Arsenal for the remainder of the season.

Gretar Steinsson (hamstring) and Joe Riley (groin) may return having missed last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Norwich, but another defender Marcos Alonso (foot) is not yet ready.

Midfielders Lee Chung-yong (broken leg) Stuart Holden and Ricardo Gardner (both knee) remain long-term injury absentees.

Latics news

Wigan are at full strength for their crucial clash at the Reebok Stadium.

Defender Antolin Alcaraz (groin) is back in contention to start after being left on the bench against Everton last week.

The Paraguay international could come in a break up the Emmerson Boyce and Gary Caldwell partnership at the back.

Midfielder Mohamed Diame could also make his first appearance since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Hugo Rodallega will be hoping to start after being a substitute against the Toffees, although that depends if Martinez sticks with his 4-5-1 formation.

Possible starting XIs

Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Knight, Wheater, Ricketts, Eagles, Davies, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Ngog.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Gomez, Moses, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Di Santo.

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