Official Boothen Roar Match Preview: Stoke v Bolton

Last updated : 14 January 2011 By Dan Buxton

The Potters welcome Bolton to the Britannia Stadium after just three defeats in eleven games, but searching for only a second home win in six games.

Stoke sit 11th in the Premier League and will be up to try and inch further away from the relegation zone and hopefully into a european position. The visitors are well placed in 7th, three points above City.


Stoke have an indifferent home record this season and have already beaten Fulham in the Carling Cup, aswell as six other home wins, but have four defeats. Bolton have won twice away from home this season but have lost five times away aswell.

In the 41 matches between these sides at Stoke, the Potters have won 22, the visitors 13 and six have been drawn. Last time the pair clashed at the Britannia Stadium the game ended in a 2-1 away win courtesy of a late Matt Taylor double. Overall Bolton have won 34 times to the Potters 30 victories, although City have only won one of the last 9 encounters between the two sides.

The referee is Michael Oliver. He famously reffed the Potters in their 2-0 defeat to Preston in February 2008 where he was slated by manager Tony Pulis and he hasn't reffed Stoke since. He last refereed Bolton in their 4-0 home win against Lincoln last season.

The Met Office report that there will be low level cloud, temperatures of a mild 11 degrees celsius, very good visibility and a 13mph wind.

Prediction: City and Wanderers battle out a spirited game but the Potters win thanks to a late reminder of his ability from Ricardo Fuller