Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • August 31, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton face a short trip across Lancashire on Saturday, with a local derby against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

After a Capital One Cup defeat at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday evening, Wanderers return to league action at the weekend looking to secure their first Championship win of the season.

Dougie Freedman's side have picked up just two points from their opening four games, marking the club's worst start to a league campaign in ten years.

They were beaten 1-0 at home by Queens Park Rangers last weekend but Freedman will be hoping for a more successful afternoon against Rovers, with a number of key players set to return to the fold.

Chris Eagles has been missing since the opening day draw at Burnley with an ankle injury, but returned to training over a week ago and should be fit enough to return at Ewood Park.

David Ngog appears to be over the illness which hasn't helped a stop-start beginning to the season for him, while Marc Tierney, Tim Ream, Craig Davies and David Wheater are all expected to return after injury kept them out of the midweek game at Prenton Park.

Andre Moritz impressed as a substitute against Tranmere, and is likely to remain on the bench until after the upcoming international break.

Jay Spearing turned down a move to Blackburn during the summer and is set to start against his former suitors, with Medo Kamara, Darren Pratley, Lee Chung-Yong and Robert Hall all pushing for places in the midfield.

Matt Mills and Tyrone Mears have put themselves back in first-team contention after their performances last time out, putting pressure on summer signings Tierney and Alex Baptiste - as well as the central partnership of Zat Knight and David Wheater.

Andy Lonergan played in goal in the cup, but Adam Bogdan is expected to regain his position as Wanderers return to league action.

Stuart Holden, Mark Davies and Joe Riley are long-term injury absentees, while Keith Andrews, Gary Fraser and Marvin Sordell are all out on loan at other clubs.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer could hand a debut to new signing Ben Marshall, who joined the club from Leicester City this week.

Matt Kilgallon could also make his Rovers debut after recovering from a troublesome groin injury, and Corry Evans could return after a similar injury of his own.

Lee Williamson is doubtful with a back injury and there will be no place for the likes of Ruben Rochina, Paul Robinson, Dickson Etuhu, DJ Campbell and Adam Henley, who are all on the treatment table.

Bolton have won the last four meetings between the two clubs, completing league doubles over Rovers in each of the last two seasons. They will be looking to extend that recent run on Saturday, knowing defeat could see them enter the international break in the Championship's relegation zone.

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, Youngs

Referee: Keith Stroud
Venue: Ewood Park
Kick-Off: 15:00

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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