Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • November 09, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Blackpool on Saturday afternoon, looking to extend Dougie Freedman's unbeaten run as Wanderers boss.

The Trotters are unbeaten in Freedman's two games in charge, having drawn with Leicester City on Tuesday night, following victory over the then league leaders Cardiff City last weekend.

Victory over another of the pre-season title favourites on Saturday would send out a strong message of intent, with Bolton aiming to get their campaign back on track after a disappointing start.

Bolton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to Bloomfield Road and will be able to call upon the services of David Ngog, who missed the midweek draw with Leicester through suspension.

Ngog came off the bench to lead Wanderers to victory over Cardiff last weekend and he is likely to be in the thoughts of Freedman, with Kevin Davies and Darren Pratley struggling to forge an effective partnership over the last week.

Another man available for selection is Jacob Butterfield, who joined Bolton on a one-month loan from Norwich City on Thursday. The former Barnsley midfielder is fit and available for selection, but is likely to start the game on the bench.

The goalless draw against Leicester represented Bolton's first clean sheet since August, so Adam Bogdan looks set to continue behind an unchanged back four of Stephen Warnock, Matt Mills, Zat Knight and Sam Ricketts.

Jay Spearing will be hopeful of earning a recall to the starting line-up, but Keith Andrews and Mark Davies are likely to continue in midfield, with Martin Petrov, Lee Chung-Yong and Chris Eagles all hoping to get the nod on the wings.

Stuart Holden, Andy Lonergan, David Wheater and Josh Vela remain Bolton's only injury absentees.

With Ian Holloway filling the void left by Freedman at Crystal Palace, Blackpool will be under the management of Michael Appleton for the first time on Saturday.

Steve Thompson will be Appleton's assistant and he was in charge on Tuesday night, as the Seasiders recorded their first win in six games, with a 2-0 success over Sheffield Wednesday.

Just like Bolton, Tuesday's result represented Blackpool's first clean sheet since August, so they could name an unchanged set-up at the back.

Craig Cathcart stood in for the suspended Ian Evatt and is likely to keep his place, despite the latter being available for selection once again.

Kevin Phillips is a doubt with a calf injury, but there could be a role for former Bolton midfielder Chris Basham, who made his first start of the season at Hillsborough.

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
6 Cambridge United 3 6
7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
9 Portsmouth 3 5
10 Accrington Stanley 3 5
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