Bolton Wanderers V Derby County - Preview

  • August 21, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton host Derby County on Tuesday night in their first home game outside the top flight of English football since 2001.

Wanderers have been tipped as many people's favourites to win the Championship next May, but they were brought back down to Earth with a bump on Saturday afternoon as they crashed to a lacklustre 2-0 defeat at Burnley.

Owen Coyle will be hoping his Trotters team can bounce back from that defeat at Turf Moor and improve on a record which saw them pick up just four league wins on home soil last season.

Coyle could make a number of changes to the side that lost at the weekend, with Adam Bogdan, Zat Knight, Keith Andrews and Marvin Sordell the only players to come out of the game with any praise.

Wholesale changes aren't expected, however, with the Wanderers boss keeping an eye on fitness with another game scheduled against Nottingham Forest on Friday night.

Bogdan should continue in goal, with Matt Mills, Marcos Alonso and Joe Riley all hopeful of being included in the backline. Sam Ricketts, Tim Ream and Tyrone Mears are expected to start, with the latter playing against his former club.

Gregg Wylde is in contention for his Wanderers debut in midfield, with Chris Eagles also pushing for a start after coming off the bench at Burnley.

Martin Petrov and Lee Chung-Yong will be hoping to retain their places, but Coyle could tinker with the midfield after their poor showing last time out.

Marvin Sordell is likely to start in attack, while captain Kevin Davies faces competition from Benik Afobe for a place in the starting line-up.

David Ngog looks set to miss the game with a back injury, while David Wheater and Stuart Holden remain on the sidelines with long-term knee injuries.

Derby boss Nigel Clough could hand a debut to Conor Sammon, who joined the Rams from Wigan Athletic on Monday for a fee of around £1.2million.

Sammon will face competition for a place in the Derby attack, with Nathan Tyson, Jamie Ward and Theo Robinson also hoping to get the nod to start at the Reebok.

James O'Connor is available after recovering from a thigh problem and Jeff Hendrick should be fit to play, despite being forced to wear a splint after suffering a wrist injury over the summer.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Mears, Alonso, Mills, Ream, Knight, Ricketts, Riley, McQuade, Eagles, Andrews, Petrov, Wylde, M Davies, Pratley, Vela, Chung-Yong, Blakeman, K Davies, Afobe, Sordell, O'Halloran, Eaves, Sampson, Odelusi

Referee: Craig Pawson

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