Leicester City v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • April 16, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Leicester City on Tuesday night, with both sides needing points to boost their play-off hopes.

Wanderers' victory at Bristol City on Saturday moved them into the top six for the first time this season, just two points ahead of 8th-placed Leicester. Defeat at the King Power Stadium would all but end the Foxes' hopes of promotion and could see Bolton move level on points with Crystal Palace, who currently occupy 4th place.

This season's reverse fixture ended in a goalless draw at the Reebok Stadium but the Trotters go into the game as slight favourites, having won eight of their last ten Championship games.

Jay Spearing is expected to play against his former club, despite limping out of Saturday's win with a toe injury. Medo Kamara should retain his place, while Josh Vela is also on standby after being pulled out of the development squad's defeat to Norwich City on Monday night. Keith Andrews is likely to miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury, so Spearing, Kamara and Vela could be Wanderers' only defensive midfield options.

Adam Bogdan should continue to keep goal, with an unchanged defence of Marcos Alonso, Zat Knight, Craig Dawson and Sam Ricketts in front of him. Matt Mills may make the bench against his former club, while Tim Ream is also hoping to be named as a substitute. David Wheater and Tyrone Mears remain unavailable through injury and illness, respectively.

Chris Eagles and Lee Chung-Yong have been in good form in recent weeks but face competition from the fit-again Robert Hall, who has yet to make his debut since joining on loan from West Ham United.

Craig Davies came off the bench to score the winner at Bristol City but he may have to settle for a place on the bench, with Marvin Sordell and David Ngog starting in attack.

After remaining an unused substitute in Bolton's last four games, Kevin Davies may drop out of the side for the first time in his ten-year spell at the club. Sanmi Odelusi could earn a call, but Tom Eaves is expected to make the bench after being recalled from a successful loan spell at Shrewsbury Town.

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson will be able to select from the same squad that drew 2-2 with Birmingham City on Friday night. Ritchie De Laet and Chris Wood were recalled at the expense of Liam Moore and Ben Marshall for that game and could retain their places.

Anthony Knockaert, Lloyd Dyer, Richie Wellens, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy will all be hoping to start, although David Nugent is the most likely to feature from the off in the Foxes attack.

Matty James could be the danger man for the hosts, who may also opt to name Bolton's January transfer target Jeff Schlupp in their starting line-up.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Lainton, Alonso, Mills, Ream, Knight, Dawson, Ricketts, McKee, Bolger, McQuade, Butterfield, Eagles, Wylde, Hall, Spearing, Vela, Chung-Yong, Gregus, Blakeman, Lester, Kamara, Woodland, Ngog, K Davies, Sordell, C Davies, Eaves, Sampson, Odelusi, Clough

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