Sheffield Wednesday V Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • September 22, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, looking to end a run of four consecutive away defeats.

Since dropping into the Championship at the end of last season, Wanderers have failed to win away from home, with defeats at Burnley, Hull City and Birmingham City, as well as a Capital One Cup loss at Crawley Town, on their record.

Wanderers currently occupy 15th position in the table and with the pressure firmly on the shoulders of boss Owen Coyle, three points is a must against a side who lie two places behind the Trotters in the table.

Coyle is waiting for news from the Football League as to whether new signing Stephen Warnock will be able to make his Bolton debut at Hillsborough.

Warnock joined Wanderers on a three-month loan deal from Aston Villa on Friday, but it remains unclear if the signing was completed before the league's noon deadline.

Jay Spearing limped out of the defeat at Birmingham on Tuesday night and is a major doubt for the game against the Owls. The on-loan Liverpool midfielder is suffering from a calf injury, but has travelled with the squad and looks set to be handed a late fitness test.

Should Spearing fail to make it, Keith Andrews is ready to fill the void and join the Bolton midfield, having recovered sufficiently from an Achilles injury to play 75 minutes at St Andrew's.

Mark Davies, Chris Eagles and Lee Chung-Yong are all expected to start, but Martin Petrov is pushing for a recall after coming off the bench in midweek.

Marcos Alonso should hold off competition from Sam Ricketts at left back, with Zat Knight, Matt Mills and Tyrone Mears completing an unchanged defence that will provide the cover for Adam Bogdan in goal.

Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela all remain on the sidelines with long-term knee injuries.

Owls boss Dave Jones will be able to call upon the services of Anthony Gardner, who has recovered from a hamstring strain.

Lewis Buxton and Chris Lines are out with hamstring and groin injuries, respectively, while Joe Mattock is serving a suspension after being sent off in Wednesday's midweek defeat against Huddersfield Town.

One player who looks set to start is Jermaine Johnson. The Jamaican is a former Wanderers player, having made 17 appearances for the club between 2001 and 2003.

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

Referee: Keith Stroud

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Shrewsbury Town 26 30
16 Cambridge United 25 30
17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
18 Lincoln City 25 28
19 Fleetwood Town 25 28
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