Bolton v Stoke preview
Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City go head to head at Wembley on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup final.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 17/04/11 9:40am
Bolton and Stoke go head to head at Wembley this weekend for a place in the FA Cup final.
While much of the attention is on Saturday's semi-final - an eagerly-anticipated Manchester derby between City and United - Sunday's showdown will see two proud clubs looking to book a return trip to Wembley on May 14.
Bolton have won the FA Cup four times but are hoping to reach their first final for 53 years and will relish the chance to get one over either of their local rivals in the final, just as they did back in 1958.
That day the Trotters beat United 2-0 thanks to a brace from the late Nat Lofthouse, the club legend who passed away earlier this year.
Stoke, meanwhile, are aiming to reach their first-ever FA Cup final after twice falling at this stage in the 1970s and also way back in 1899.
Bolton haven't kept a clean sheet in their last nine matches against Stoke but it is Owen Coyle's men that go into the game in better form.
The Trotters have kept six clean sheets in their last nine FA Cup games and have lost only two of their last nine matches in all competitions.
They suffered successive defeats on the road at United and Birmingham but the Trotters bounced back to ensure they prepared for Wembley in style, winning 3-0 at home to West Ham last week to sit eighth in the Premier League table.
Stoke are 12th after their 3-2 defeat at Tottenham, although the Potters held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw the week before.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle has to make one enforced change as on-loan striker Daniel Sturridge is ineligible.
Rodrigo and Ivan Klasnic are among the contenders to replace Sturridge, who has scored six goals in seven starts since joining from Chelsea in January, including a brace last week.
Midfielder Mark Davies (ankle) is expected to be included in the Trotters' squad after returning to training although Stuart Holden, Sean Davis and Sam Ricketts remain sidelined through injury.
Thomas Sorensen has been a regular during Stoke's FA Cup run and manager Tony Pulis has opted to stick with the Danish goalkeeper instead of Asmir Begovic, who has been first choice in the Premier League.
On-loan striker John Carew could come into contention following a four-match absence with a back problem and if he features, the Norway international will be looking to extend his run of eight goals in his last nine FA Cup matches.