Newcastle v Bolton preview
Magpies look to keep run going
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey. Last Updated: 08/04/12 1:07pm
Alan Pardew: Looking for win on Monday
Newcastle United will look to continue their push for a UEFA Champions League place as they host Bolton Wanderers on Monday.
The Magpies have made a charge for the top four in recent weeks and are now within touching distance of Tottenham and Arsenal - who currently occupy third and fourth.
Newcastle come into the match on the back of four successive wins, whilst they are also undefeated at home since mid-December.
Bolton are looking to bounce back from their home defeat to Fulham on Saturday as they were outclassed 3-0, which brought their run of three successive wins to a grinding halt.
Whilst Newcastle look for a Champions League spot, Bolton are still embroiled in a relegation battle - they sit just one point above the drop zone.
Recent history, as well as form, would also point in Newcastle's favour with Bolton winning only once in the Premier League on Tyneside, coming back in 2006.
Newcastle come into the game sweating over the fitness of their central midfield partnership Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote.
Cabaye came off late on against Swansea whilst Tiote came off at half-time, both complaining of strains. Of the two, the Ivorian appears least likely to feature.
Danny Guthrie remains a doubt with a hamstring injury and looks unlikely to feature.
Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring), Steven Taylor (Achilles), Peter Lovenkrands
(thigh), Leon Best, Sammy Ameobi (both knee) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) remain sidelined.
Bolton look set to make changes after their defeat against Fulham.
Chris Eagles came on at half-time and looks likely to get the chance to start in the North East with Darren Pratley or Ryo Miyaichi set to give way.
Marcos Alonso will be assessed ahead of the match, but is struggling with a calf problem.
Should Alonso fail to make it, then Gretar Steinsson could be in line to return after being among the substitutes for the loss to Fulham.
Winger Gregg Wylde is still awaiting clearance while defender Tyrone Mears
(knee), midfielder Stuart Holden (knee) and winger Lee Chung-yong (leg) remain sidelined.
Possible starting XIs
Newcastle: Krul, Williamson, Perch, Simpson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Taylor, Cisse, Ba
Bolton: Bogdan, Wheater, Ricketts, Steinsson, Ream, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Eagles, Davies, Miyaichi, Davies
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