Bolton Wanderers v Peterborough United - Preview

  • February 26, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will be looking to gain a measure of revenge when Peterborough United visit the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday night.

Shortly before Christmas, Wanderers were on the receiving end of a 5-4 defeat at London Road in what was arguably their worst display of the season.

Two months and 10 league games have passed since then and with Dougie Freedman's side on a run of four games unbeaten, they will be looking to extend that against the Championship's bottom club.

Bolton have no fresh injury concerns after Saturday's 4-1 win over Hull City and were boosted by first appearances of the season for David Wheater and Medo Kamara, who could both be named on the bench once again.

Freedman appeared to have settled on a back four of Marcos Alonso, Zat Knight, Craig Dawson and Tyrone Mears, but the latter was ousted from the squad at the weekend - with Sam Ricketts taking his place and helping to provide the cover for Adam Bogdan in goal.

Ricketts is expected to keep his place in an unchanged back four, with Jay Spearing and Darren Pratley occupying the two holding midfield positions in front of them.

Lee Chung-Yong, Mark Davies, David Ngog and Marvin Sordell completed the Wanderers starting line-up last time out, but the likes of Chris Eagles, Steve De Ridder, Craig Davies and Kevin Davies will all be hoping to return to the side.

Bolton remain without the services of Keith Andrews, Matt Mills and Joe Riley, who are missing through Achilles, thigh and foot injuries, respectively.

Like Wanderers, Peterborough come into the game on the back of recent good form. Saturday's defeat at home to Birmingham City was their first in five league outings, which had previously seen two wins and two draws - including a 5-1 success away at Millwall and 2-1 win over Leicester City.

Posh manager Darren Ferguson is set to welcome Davide Petrucci back into his squad, after the on-loan Manchester United midfielder missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

Craig Alcock made his return from a knee injury at the weekend, but may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Kgosi Ntlhe is closing in on a return from a broken ankle but won't be available to play at the Reebok, while on-loan Tottenham Hotspur winger Alex Pritchard is out with an ankle problem of his own.

Tommy Rowe has scored three goals in Posh's last four games, while Lee Tomlin is expected to lead the attack - following George Boyd's untimely departure to Hull City.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lainton, Lynch, Mears, Alonso, Ream, Knight, Dawson, Ricketts, Wheater, McKee, Bolger, McQuade, Eagles, Wylde, M Davies, Spearing, Pratley, Holden, Vela, Chung-Yong, Gregus, Blakeman, Lester, De Ridder, Kamara, Ngog, K Davies, Sordell, C Davies, Sampson, Odelusi

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