Bolton Wanderers v Queens Park Rangers - Preview

  • August 23, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will go in search of their first league win of the season on Saturday, when they play host to Queens Park Rangers.

Aside from a Capital One Cup victory at Shrewsbury Town, Wanderers are yet to record a league success so far this campaign - drawing two and losing one of their opening three games.

Dougie Freedman believes the Trotters' 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest last weekend was just a bad day at the office, so he will be looking for his players to respond in positive fashion against many people's favourites for the Championship title.

Darren Pratley - the only Bolton player to score a league goal this season - was sent off at the City Ground and will miss the game through suspension. His absence could open the door for Jermaine Beckford to return to the starting eleven, with Craig Davies possibily partnering him in the attack.

David Ngog and Chris Eagles both returned to training this week after illness and injury, respectively, but are doubtful to face Rangers as the Wanderers boss guards against further complications at this early stage of the season.

Medo Kamara, Jay Spearing, Lee Chung-Yong should complete the midfield, while Marc Tierney, Zat Knight, David Wheater and Alex Baptiste are expected to provide the cover for Adam Bogdan's goal.

Along with Pratley, and the possible absentees of Ngog and Eagles, Bolton remain without long-term injury victims Stuart Holden, Mark Davies and Joe Riley. Andre Moritz is still working his way to full fitness and may be rested, ahead of Tuesday's League Cup tie at Tranmere Rovers.

After a two-year spell in the Premier League came to a disappointing halt in May, QPR visit the Reebok billed as favourites to lift the famous Championship trophy at the end of the campaign.

Two wins and a draw place Harry Redknapp's side in fifth place prior to the weekend fixtures, while progression to the second stage of the Capital One Cup was assured with a 2-0 win at Exeter City.

The Hoops have several injury doubts ahead of the game, with former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Junior Hoilett just one of the like absentees. Hoilett suffered a hamstring injury in last weekend's 1-0 win over Ipswich Town and is unlikely to return until after the international break.

Alejandro Faurlin and Andy Johnson are doubtful with thigh and groin injuries, respectively, meaning new signing Gary O'Neil could make his debut after his switch from West Ham United.

Tom Hitchcock came off the bench to score a late winner on his senior debut last time out, and he should be named on the bench as QPR look to extend their unbeaten start.

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

Referee: James Adcock
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 12:15 (Live on Sky Sports)

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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