Hull City V Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • August 31, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to the KC Stadium on Saturday, with Wanderers hoping to pick up their first away win of the season when they face Hull City.

Following the opening day defeat at Burnley, Owen Coyle's side were dumped out of the Capital One Cup at Crawley Town on Tuesday night and are tipped for another loss in the weekend's sports betting markets.

Saturday's meeting will be the first meeting between the two sides since December 2009, when a 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium signalled the end of Gary Megson's time as Bolton manager.

Wanderers are expected to make several changes to the side that lost in midweek, with the likes of Adam Bogdan, Sam Ricketts, Matt Mills, Tyrone Mears, Lee Chung-Yong and Kevin Davies all set for recalls.

Coyle could hand a debut to Jay Spearing, who joined Bolton on a season-long loan from Liverpool on transfer deadline day.

Spearing's introduction could mean a change of formation, with a 4-5-1 style now available to the manager following the addition of the defensive midfielder.

Chris Eagles should hold off competition from Martin Petrov and Gregg Wylde for a place on the left, while Mark Davies and Keith Andrews will both be hopeful of getting the nod ahead of Darren Pratley.

Josh Vela has been ruled out for four months after damaging knee ligaments at Crawley, but Benik Afobe should be fit to play after recovering from a slight hip injury that ruled him off the field in the same game.

Afobe could be set for his first league start for the Trotters, but faces competition from Kevin Davies and Marvin Sordell, who have been preferred so far this season.

David Ngog remains absent with a back injury, joining Vela, Stuart Holden and David Wheater on the treatment table.

Hull boss Steve Bruce looks set to hand a debut to Ahmed Elmohamady, after the Egypt international joined on loan from Sunderland.

Liam Rosenior and Robert Koren are available after injuries kept them out of the Tigers' cup defeat at Doncaster Rovers in midweek, but Tom Cairney will miss the game after suffering a knee injury at the Keepmoat Stadium. Matty Fryatt is out with an Achilles injury.

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

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
11 Ipswich Town 20 27
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
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