Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town - Preview

  • November 30, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will be looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they host Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.

Following on from Wednesday night's victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, Wanderers welcome the Tractor Boys to the Reebok Stadium for the first time since April 2002.

Dougie Freedman is unbeaten in six games since taking over the managerial reigns with the Trotters and, should Wanderers extend that run on Saturday, they will mark their best run of form since October 2006, when Sam Allardyce was in charge at the club.

Despite victory at Blackburn in midweek, Freedman is expected to continue his squad rotation policy, with Mark Davies available once again.

Davies sat out the win over Rovers through suspension and he could be recalled at the expense of Keith Andrews, who will be hoping to start against his former club.

Chris Eagles, Jay Spearing, Lee Chung-Yong and Jacob Butterfield all impressed at Ewood Park, but the latter's lack of match fitness may see him rested.

Martin Petrov is doubtful with a hamstring injury, meaning David Ngog or Benik Afobe could come into the midfield, with Kevin Davies leading the line in attack.

Sam Ricketts was the preferred partner for Zat Knight on Wednesday night, but Matt Mills will be hoping to earn a recall in the centre of defence, with Tyrone Mears and Stephen Warnock covering the full-back roles in front of Adam Bogdan in goal.

Stuart Holden, Josh Vela and David Wheater all join Petrov on the sidelines, while Andy Lonergan is available for selection after taking a substitute's role at Blackburn.

Ipswich look set to be without the services of former Wanderers midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem he picked up in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Peterborough United.

Luke Hyam is expected to shrug off a calf injury to start at the Reebok Stadium, as Mick McCarthy looks to name an unchanged side to the one that beat Nottingham Forest at Portman Road on Tuesday night.

On-loan DJ Campbell is expected to start in attack for Town, having scored five goals in 10 appearances since joining from Queens Park Rangers in October.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, 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, Sampson, Odelusi

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