Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • November 28, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton face Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night, looking to secure a third successive victory over their Lancashire rivals.

After completing a first league double over Rovers in 34 years last season, Wanderers travel to Ewood Park knowing another win would match their achievement of the fondly remembered 1977/78 campaign.

Bolton ran out 1-0 winners at Ewood Park back in 1978 and Dougie Freedman will be hoping his side can pull off a similar result when the two clubs meet for the 161st time on Wednesday night.

The Wanderers boss is expected to make changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon, with one enforced change coming in the shape of Mark Davies.

Davies picked up his fifth booking of the season at the AMEX Stadium and will miss the game against Rovers through suspension.

His absence could pave the way for Jacob Butterfield to force his way back into the starting lineup, but Jay Spearing, Lee Chung-Yong and former Blackburn midfielder Keith Andrews will also be hopeful of earning recalls.

Chris Eagles is probably the only midfielder guaranteed of his place at the moment, with Freedman opting to choose David Ngog or Benik Afobe on the right flank in recent outings.

Adam Bogdan's Man of the Match display against Brighton will see him retain the number one jersey, with Tyrone Mears, Matt Mills, Zat Knight and Stephen Warnock all expected to continue in defence.

Should Warnock feature, he, just like Andrews, will be lining up against his former club. Warnock played 109 games during a two year spell at Blackburn and scored six goals, prior to his move to Aston Villa in August 2009.

Ngog's goalscoring exploits at Brighton is likely to see him keep his place in the side, with Kevin Davies, another former Rovers player, expected to start on the bench.

Stuart Holden, David Wheater, Josh Vela and Andy Lonergan remain out with injuries, while Tom Eaves, Gregg Wylde and Michael O'Halloran are out on loan.

Blackburn boss Henning Berg looks set to be without the services of David Dunn and Fabio Nunes, who continue to recover from long-term injuries.

The midfield duo are fighting to be fit, but the game looks set to come too soon, with Saturday's trip to Burnley looking like the most likely return fixture.

Rovers were beaten 2-0 by Millwall at the weekend, but Berg is likely to name a similar side, with Jordan Rhodes and Ruben Rochina leading the attack.

The Olsson twins - Martin and Marcus - should occupy the roles down the left flank, with experienced duo Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu providing the support from midfield.

Scott Dann and Grant Hanley failed to impress last time out, but they should start once again on Wednesday night, as they provide the cover for Paul Robinson in goal.

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
8 Burton Albion 13 19
9 Oxford United 12 18
10 Bolton Wanderers 13 18
11 Accrington Stanley 12 16
12 Portsmouth 12 15
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