Bolton Vs. Newcastle United Preview: Kevin Nolan's Reebok Return

Paul ReeceContributor IIAugust 11, 2016

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Newcastle United travel to Bolton this Saturday with United fans breathing a big sigh of relief striker Andy Carroll survived England duties on Wednesday.

The Gateshead born forward lasted 70 minutes for his country and the travelling toon army will be hoping he will continue his form against Owen Coyle's men.

But whilst United fans will be pleased to include Carroll, Bolton fans will be looking forward to welcoming back former captain and fan favorite Kevin Nolan to the Reebok for the first time.

The former Wanderers No. 4 enjoyed 10 years at the club, spending four years as captain, and despite the misfortunes suffered United since his move, Nolan says he does not regret the move.

Speaking to the Newcastle Chronicle, Nolan said:

"It was a fantastic move for me, and I was delighted when I made it.

"We went down, but I wanted to prove it wasn't the wrong move. And bit by bit, year by year, I can continue to improve and prove that why I came here was because I could see bigger and better things for this club.

"I was Bolton captain for three or four good years, and I really enjoyed it.

"But when I got the captaincy here, it was probably a bit of a prouder moment, because I know what it means to so many people here with the fan base.

"It was a great achievement from where I was 18 months before."

He added, "I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to a lot of people. It will be an emotional day for me, but at the end of the day, I'm delighted with what I've got here.

"I'm really looking forward to going with my new team, and trying to take three points off them. That's the be all and end all."

The two sides head into the game after so far over achieving in the Premier League, Bolton in fifth and United in eighth.

With Bolton looking to record back-to-back wins, they face a tough task against Chris Hughton's side, who seem more comfortable away from home.

In-form Johan Elmander will be the man to watch for the home side—the striker finally proving worth the £10 million spent on him with six goals this season.

Whilst the visitors to the Reebok could welcome back Shola Ameobi, but will be with out battling pair Joey Barton and Cheick Tiote.

Long-term sick notes Steve Harper and Ryan Taylor will be missing, along with Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa for United.

Hughton's side will be strengthened if battling pair Ameobi and Carroll feature and will cause a Bolton side who have failed to keep a clean sheet since Augus problems.

Coyle's side will be welcomed back with Gretar Steinsson in defence, but Sean Davies, Jlloyd Samuel and Ricardo Gardener are all missing. 

With Bolton looking for first back-to-back wins and United perfoming better away from home this season I predict: Bolton 0-1 Newcastle.