Burnley didn’t have to wait long for their chance to get revenge on fallen hero manager Owen Coyle.

Coyle’s feet are barely under the table at the Reebok after defecting from his former employers’ just up the road at Turf Moor, but he faces his old club already in a relegation six-pointer.

It couldn’t be a bigger game. Bolton will leapfrog Burnley if they win, sending the Clarets into the bottom three. If Burnley win, Coyle’s job suddenly looks a lot harderand questions will be asked about his decision to walk out on the Lancashire outfit. A draw would do no favours for either side.

Both squads have a new signing in their ranks with Vladimir Weiss on the bench for the hosts and Frederic Nimani lining up with the substitutes for the visitors.

And both teams look likely to play 4-4-2. Coyle keeps faith with Bolton’s tried and tested formation, partnering Ivan Klasnic with club captain Kevin Davies. Former Burnley loan man Gary Cahill plays at the heart of the back line alongside Zat Knight, who had a nightmare match at the match between the sides at Turf Moor on Boxing Day.

Burnley welcome back David Nugent to the team for what could be the striker’s last match for the club. His loan spell runs out during the week and it remains to be seen whether a deal can be struck with parent club Portsmouth.

Chris McCann starts in midfield for Burnley for the first time in four months after an extended lay off with a knee injury. The Irishman’s return will be a huge boost to the Clarets, who are without first choice left-back Stephen Jordan. Christian Kalvenes comes in after his wife gave birth over the weekend.

Kevin McDonald is unlucky to miss out for Burnley with out-of-form Wade Elliott preferred in midfield and David Edgar is also left out, with Clarke Carlisle returning to the team. Captain Steven Caldwell is still out with a groin strain but Steven Fletcher returns up front at the expense of Steven Thompson. Martin Paterson is on the bench along with Robbie Blake.

The man to watch for the hosts is Chung-Yong Lee. The Korean is in sparkling form and is likely to be in the middle of all Wanderers’ best play. But Burnley will also have to be wary of the threat from distance of Matt Taylor, who scored a free-kick in the Boxing Day fixture between the sides.

Neither side is in good form, although Bolton picked up a first win under Coyle in the FA Cup against Championship side Sheffied United at the weekend.

Burnley will hope their 5,000 strong away following will roar them on to a first away victory of the season while Bolton will hope Coyle can work his magic.

New Clarets boss Brian Laws got the better of Coyle twice last season as his Sheffied Wednesday side beat Coyle’s Burnley twice, one of the few Championship sides to achieve that feat last season.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter, with so many layers to it that it is impossible to call. But the rustiness of both sides’ defences says there should at least be goals.

Prediction: Bolton 2-2 Burnley.

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Duff, Kalvenes, Alexander, McCann, Eagles, Nugent, Fletcher, Elliott. Substitutes: McDonald, Paterson, Edgar, Blake, Thompson, Nimani, Penny.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Cahill, Muamba, Taylor, Knight, K Davies, Steinsson, Klasnic, Ricketts, Cohen, Lee. Substitutes: Samuel, Robinson, Elmander, Gardner, A O’Brien, Weiss, Habsi.

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