West Brom v Bolton
Saturday, 2 October
Kick-off: 1500 BST
West Brom will be without suspended duo Darren Purse and Neil Clement as they seek their first Premiership win.
Darren Moore is poised to replace Purse while Hungarian skipper Zoltan Gera may take over from Clement and Rob Earnshaw may be replaced by Geoff Horsfield.
Bolton are boosted by the return of Jay-Jay Okocha is expected to return to action following a groin injury.
On-loan El-Hadji Diouf may have to settle for a place on the bench should Okocha return.
West Brom (from): Hoult, Scimeca, Moore, Gaardsoe, Albrechtsen, Koumas, Johnson, Gera, Greening, Kanu, Earnshaw, Horsfield, Kuszczak, O'Connor, Dyer, Dobie, Contra, A Chambers, Robinson.
Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Hunt, Jaidi, N'Gotty, Gardner, Okocha, Campo, Speed, Nolan, Pedersen, Davies, Diouf, Poole, Giannakopoulos, Ferdinand, Barness, Hierro, Cesar.
a.. WEST BROMWICH ALBION are still one of the promoted trio who fill the Premiership's relegation places without a win. Gary Megson's side are searching for only their fourth home victory in Premiership history, having drawn all three at the Hawthorns 1-1. Opponents Bolton for this Saturday teatime fixture, have drawn their last three, home and away, and go head-to-head with the Baggies, having finished all square in both of their Premiership meetings to date.
a.. Albion are one of three sides yet to keep a clean sheet in the top flight this season. They've scored a single goal in all but one of their Premiership outings this term - the exception being the 3-0 loss at Liverpool. Megson's men have bagged 35 points and scored 35 goals in their 45 Premiership matches to date.
a.. Albion have not beaten the Trotters at home in a decade, since a 1-0 success in the Nationwide First Division on 31 December 1994. Since then the Midlanders have drawn three and lost two engagements at the Hawthorns.
a.. BOLTON WANDERERS cannot improve on a highly impressive fourth placing, win, lose or draw. They go to the Midlands on the back of two victories and successive stalemates against Manchester United (h), Arsenal (a) and Birmingham (h).
a.. The Trotters are the Premiership's third highest scorers with 12 goals - a full ten goals short of Arsenal's tally of 22. Sam Allardyce has seen his side fail to score just once this term, and will hope to see goals netted against the club where he finished his playing career.
a.. Wanderers are undefeated in four Premiership and Play Off matches against West Brom. They last met in the Premiership the season before last when both exchanges were 1-1 draws.
Mike Clattenburg (Tyne & Weir)
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
18th 4 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 14th
Lowest could fall: 19th
a.. Pressing for a first win in 11 League games (Premiership and old Division One). a.. Lost the last two in all competitions against Colchester (2-1 after extra time) in the Carling Cup, and Newcastle (3-1 a) in the top League. a.. Drawn all three home League games this season with 1-1 scorelines against Aston Villa, Tottenham and Fulham. a.. Drawn four and lost three in the top division this season. a.. Drawn four and lost six since beating Bradford 2-0 at home on 24 April. a.. Not won in 11 Premiership games. a.. Drawn six and lost five top flight matches since beating Sunderland 1-2 away on 19 April 2003. a.. Drawn six of the last nine top flight matches. a.. Last victory in the Premiership was also away to Sunderland (1-2 on 19 April 2003). a.. Looking for only a seventh win from 46 Premiership games. a.. Picked up 30 Premiership points from 45 games. a.. Not scored more than a single goal in ten League games, and in seven Premiership matches. a.. Failed to keep a clean sheet in eight matches in all competitions this season, and seven in the Premiership. a.. Gone ten League games since a block-out and 22 Premiership outings since keeping the opposition at bay (0-0 at Leeds on 18 January 2003). BOLTON WANDERERS
4th 12 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 4th
Lowest could fall: 7th
a.. Undefeated in six in all competitions (three wins, three draws). a.. Unbeaten in five Premiership matches. a.. Won two and drawn three in the highest echelon since losing 2-0 at Fulham on 21 August. a.. Last drew four top flight games in a row between 29 December 2001 and 19 January 2002. a.. Need something from this game to improve on their previous best points tally of 12 after the first eight games of a Premiership campaign, gained in 2001/02. a.. Won eight of the last 13 Premiership matches. a.. One point shy of totalling 150 in the Premiership under Sam Allardyce. a.. Completed 33 League matches since a goalless draw. a.. Not managed a clean sheet in 15 away League encounters since the 0-2 win at Leeds on 22 November 2003.
KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
a.. If he figures, Rob HULSE will be making his 150th career League appearance. a.. Suspended: Neil CLEMENT, Darren Purse BOLTON WANDERERS
a.. If named in the 11, Kevin DAVIES will be making his 50th start for Bolton. a.. If he gets into the action, Henrik PEDERSEN will be making his 100th appearance for the Trotters. a.. If Kevin POOLE takes the field, the 41 year old keeper will be making his 300th career League appearance.
HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: WBA 41 wins, Bolton 45, Draws 38
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Bolton 0, Draws 2
HEAD TO HEAD at WBA
League: WBA 26 wins, Bolton 15, Draws 21
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Bolton 0, Draws 1