Bolton Wanderers v Reading - Preview

  • August 09, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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The Reebok Stadium will host competitive football for the first time since May, this Saturday, when Bolton face Reading.

Aside from a pre-season friendly against Real Betis last month, Wanderers haven't been in action on home soil since May 4th when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Blackpool.

A lot has changed at the club since that date, with no fewer than 14 players leaving and nine new faces coming through the doors.

The latest of those summer signings, Jay Spearing, could make his second debut for the Trotters as he prepares to take the place of the latest departee - Keith Andrews. Spearing joined Wanderers from Liverpool on Friday, signing a four-year deal at the Reebok, while, at the time of writing, Andrews is on the verge of joining Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan deal.

Spearing looks set to take the place of the Republic of Ireland international, and could line-up alongside Medo Kamara and Darren Pratley in central midfield.

Robert Hall and Sanmi Odelusi were the matchwinners in Tuesday's Capital One Cup victory at Shrewsbury Town and they could take the places of Chris Eagles and Lee Chung-Yong, who both picked up knocks in the opening day draw at Burnley last weekend.

Adam Bogdan is expected to return after Andy Lonergan played in midweek, while Marc Tierney, Alex Baptiste, Zat Knight and David Wheater are all likely to start.

David Ngog and Craig Davies will both be hoping to get the nod to start in attack, although Jermaine Beckford is favourite to begin.

As well as Andrews, Wanderers will be without the services of Stuart Holden, Mark Davies and Joe Riley, who all have long-term knee ligament injuries, while Marvin Sordell and Gary Fraser are out on loan.

After relegation from the Premier League last season, Reading boss Nigel Adkins will be hoping to secure promotion at the first attempt this campaign. After opening the new season with a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town last weekend, Adkins will want to see his side extend their 100% start.

The Royals will have Nick Blackman available after he sat out the opening day win through suspension, while Daniel Williams is in contention to make his first league start for the club.

Jimmy Kebe, Jason Roberts and Mikele Leigertwood are all unavailable through injury, but former Bolton midfielder Danny Guthrie could start after netting the winner against Ipswich last time out.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Mears, Mills, Ream, Knight, Baptiste, Tierney, Wheater, White, Bolger, Threlkeld, Spearing, Eagles, Hall, Moritz, Pratley, Vela, Chung-Yong, Gregus, Lester, Woodland, Kellett, Kamara, Ngog, Beckford, C Davies, O'Halloran, Eaves, Wilkinson, Odelusi, Clough

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