Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers - Preview

  • March 05, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will go in search of their first league double of the season on Tuesday night, as they host Blackburn Rovers at the Reebok Stadium.

A 2-1 win at Ewood Park in November was one of the highlights of Wanderers' season so far, with both clubs having struggled to adapt to life outside the top tier of English football.

Relegation brought an end to an 11-year stay in the Premier League for both clubs last May and they will know how important victory will be on Tuesday night, with the Championship entering the final quarter of the campaign.

Saturday's 3-2 win at Barnsley on Saturday provided Bolton with their third successive win and another one against Rovers will see Dougie Freedman's side hit their best form since December 2006 - under the days of Sam Allardyce.

Adam Bogdan, Marcos Alonso, Zat Knight, Craig Dawson and Sam Ricketts have established themselves as the regular defensive line in recent weeks, but Andy Lonergan could take Bogdan's place in goal. The Hungary international aggravated a long-standing groin injury at Oakwell and will be given a late fitness test ahead of the game. Should Bogdan miss out, Rob Lainton or Jay Lynch should provide cover for Lonergan on the bench.

David Wheater is back in contention after a long-term injury absence and Freedman has openly admitted he could be tempted to play a 5-3-2 formation at some stage. Tuesday's clash with Rovers isn't expected to be that night, however, so the former Middlesbrough defender may have to settle for a place as a substitute.

Jay Spearing and Darren Pratley should continue in the holding midfield roles, with Chris Eagles and Lee Chung-Yong providing the attacking threat from the wings

Craig Davies and David Ngog were given the nod to start at Barnsley, but Marvin Sordell and Kevin Davies will both be hoping to earn recalls to the side - with the latter having an impressive goalscoring record against his former club.

Wanderers remain without the services of Matt Mills (thigh), Keith Andrews (Achilles), Joe Riley (foot), Tyrone Mears (blood infection) and Mark Davies (knee).

Since booking a place in the last eight of the FA Cup with a win at Arsenal last month, Blackburn have failed to win in four attempts. Since that impressive result at the Emirates Stadium, a goalless draw at home to Leeds United has been the best of a bad bunch of games. Defeats at promotion chasing Hull City and Leicester City were perhaps predictable, but Michael Appleton will be worried by his side's 3-2 defeat at home to Peterborough United on Saturday - as they were 3-0 down with just 27 minutes on the clock.

The Rovers boss will be looking for a response from his players, although he is missing several of his star names through injury.

Tuesday's game may just come too soon for Josh King and Leon Best, while the likes of David Dunn, Martin Olsson, Paul Robinson, Dickson Etuhu, Lee Williamson and Colin Kazim-Richards will all be on the sidelines.

Loan signings Cameron Stewart and David Jones impressed as substitutes last time out and could be handed starting roles, as could Adam Henley - who returned at right-back after a spell out with a hamstring injury.

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 AFC Wimbledon 19 17
20 Tranmere Rovers 18 17
21 Milton Keynes Dons 19 14
22 Southend United 20 6
23 Bolton Wanderers 16 2
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