Huddersfield Town v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • December 07, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, for the first meeting between the two sides in nearly 12 years.

The last time Wanderers faced the Terriers was in February 2001, when goals from Per Frandsen and Gudni Bergsson saw Sam Allardyce's Bolton team come from two goals down to draw 2-2 at the Reebok Stadium.

Now under the management of Dougie Freedman, Bolton suffered defeat for the first time in seven games against Ipswich Town last weekend and will be looking to bounce back with victory at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Wanderers boss will be forced into one change from that defeat, with Tyrone Mears unavailable as he sits out through suspension.

Sam Ricketts is expected to fill the position left by Mears' absence, which will allow Matt Mills or Tim Ream to partner Zat Knight at the heart of the Bolton defence.

Marcos Alonso deputised for the injured Stephen Warnock last time out, but the on loan Aston Villa man has recovered from a toe infection and is expected to regain his place in a back four providing protection to Adam Bogdan's goal.

Jacob Butterfield will bid farewell to the travelling supporters following Saturday's game, as he heads back to Norwich City after the conclusion of his one-month loan stay at the Reebok.

The former Barnsley midfielder could start ahead of Keith Andrews or Jay Spearing, with Mark Davies and Chris Eagles likely to start and Lee Chung-Yong also hopeful of a recall.

Martin Petrov has recovered from the hamstring injury that forced him to miss the defeat to Ipswich and there is more positive news for Bolton supporters, with long-term absentee Stuart Holden back in full training. However, he remains a couple of months away from a first-team return.

Kevin Davies and David Ngog will both be hopeful of starting the game, but Freedman is likely to stick with a solitary striker, with the Wanderers captain the most likely choice.

Marvin Sordell's midweek goal for the development squad is unlikely to force him into contention, with on-loan Arsenal forward Benik Afobe most likely to get the nod to start on the bench against his former club.

Bolton remain without David Wheater and Josh Vela, who both continue to recover from long-standing knee problems.

Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson is expected to make changes to the side that lost at home to Leeds United last weekend, but has doubts over several of his star names.

Jermaine Beckford has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury and is a major doubt for the visit of Bolton, but Sean Scannell is pushing for a recall after missing the same number of games with a similar problem.

James Vaughan returned from a seven-game absence last weekend and could make his first start since October, while Lee Novak and Oliver Norwood are both hoping to earn recalls, after the duo were unused substitutes last time out.

Paul Dixon could be set for a place on the bench, while on loan midfielder Adam Hammill is pushing for his first start since November. Keith Southern will miss the game through suspension.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Lainton, 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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Pos Team Pld Pts
11 Ipswich Town 20 27
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
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