Brighton & Hove Albion v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • November 23, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton face Brighton for the first time in nearly 20 years on Saturday afternoon, looking to extend Dougie Freedman's unbeaten start to life as Wanderers boss.

Freedman is unbeaten in four games since taking charge at the Reebok Stadium last month and takes his side to the AMEX Stadium for the first time, looking to extend that run to five games. Wanderers haven't achieved that record since May 2008, as they avoided relegation from the Premier League.

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Bolton look set to name a similar side to the one that drew at home to Barnsley last weekend, although there are concerns over the fitness of Zat Knight, who is struggling to recover from a hip injury.

Should Knight fail to prove his fitness, Sam Ricketts is likely to move into the centre of defence, with Tyrone Mears taking his place at right-back.

Stephen Warnock is expected to feature after recovering from the illness that forced him off the field against the Tykes.

Martin Petrov was left out of the squad last time out, and he could miss out against the Seagulls, with Chris Eagles, Mark Davies and Jay Spearing likely to take their places in midfield.

Jacob Butterfield and David Ngog started against Barnsley, but Lee Chung-Yong and Keith Andrews will be hopeful of earning recalls after disappointing displays from the duo last weekend.

Kevin Davies earned many plaudits for his performance last weekend and is expected to hold off competition from Ngog for a place in attack.

Stuart Holden, David Wheater, Josh Vela and Andy Longergan all remain on the sidelines, while Michael O'Halloran and Gregg Wylde haved joined Tom Eaves and Jack Sampson in making loan moves away from the club.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet will hand late fitness tests to Tomasz Kuszczak and Wayne Bridge, who both missed last weekend's victory over Huddersfield Town through injury.

Kuszczak missed that game with a finger infection, while Bridge is struggling with a calf injury which recently saw him fly out to Germany to see a specialist.

Should Kuszczak fail to recover, Peter Brezovan is likely to deputise in goal, with second choice goalkeeper Casper Ankergren also unavailable with a thumb injury.

Adam El-Abd has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, but looks set to return against the Trotters.

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Accrington Stanley 20 27
14 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
16 Cambridge United 20 23
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