Bolton Wanderers v Barnsley - Preview

  • November 16, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton welcome Barnsley to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, looking to extend an unbeaten run that stretches back to 1998.

An FA Cup third round tie at Oakwell in January of that year was the last time Wanderers lost to the Tykes and the Trotters are unbeaten in the six meetings since, although they haven't met since April 2001. Sam Allardyce's Bolton side ran out 1-0 winners in that last meeting, with Michael Ricketts scoring the only goal in a visit to Oakwell.

A lot of things have changed since that day and the big news coming out of the Reebok Stadium this time around is the possibility of Jacob Butterfield being handed a debut against his former club.

Butterfield is on loan at Bolton from Premier League side Norwich City, who he joined on a free transfer from Barnsley in the summer. The 22-year-old made over 100 appearances for the club and holds the record of being their youngest ever captain.

He was an unused substitute in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Blackpool, but could be handed a starting berth on Saturday afternoon.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman has no fresh injury concerns, with Stuart Holden, David Wheater, Josh Vela and Andy Lonergan the usual long-term injury absentees.

The big decision facing Freedman is whether to stick with David Ngog in attack, or recall Kevin Davies to the starting line-up. Should Davies start on the bench, Zat Knight is expected to captain the side for the second week in a row.

Knight is expected to take his place in an unchanged back four, with Matt Mills, Stephen Warnock and Sam Ricketts keeping their place in front of Adam Bogdan in goal.

Two from Keith Andrews, Jay Spearing and Darren Pratley should start, while Lee Chung-Yong is hoping for a recall after coming off the bench to score last time out.

Chris Eagles, Martin Petrov and Mark Davies are also hoping to start, but either Petrov or Chung-Yong look set to start the game on the sidelines.

Barnsley will be looking to hand a debut to Marcus Tudgay, who joined on loan from Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old may have to settle for a place on the bench, however, as he looks to use the loan move to build up his fitness after a double hernia operation.

Craig Davies is a doubt after missing the last five games with a hamstring injury, while David Perkins is also out with a similar problem.

Jim O'Brien is pushing for his first start since August, while former Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan Athletic forward Mido is expected to start on the bench, despite featuring in last weekend's defeat at home to Huddersfield Town.

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, Butterfield, Blakeman, Ngog, K Davies, Afobe, Sordell, O'Halloran, Odelusi

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13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
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