Bolton Wanderers v Derby County - Preview

  • September 17, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton return to action on Tuesday night, when they play host to Derby County, looking to put an end to their worst start to a league campaign in 50 years.

Saturday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds United kept Wanderers in the Championship's bottom three, with a return of just two points from their opening six games marking their worst start since 1963.

On the other hand, Derby go into the game on the back of three successive away league wins - including a 5-1 success at Millwall on Saturday. A fourth, at the Reebok Stadium, would set a new club record of away day victories from the start of a season.

Trotters boss Dougie Freedman has one new injury blow ahead of the game, with the news that summer signing Andre Moritz will be out for up to six weeks after tearing his groin in the pre-match warm-up prior to the defeat to Leeds.

Moritz joins Stuart Holden, Mark Davies and Joe Riley on the sidelines, although recent injury victims Chris Eagles, Tim Ream and Marc Tierney all came through 90 minutes against United at the weekend.

Adam Bogdan is expected to retain his place in the Bolton goal, with Tierney and Alex Baptiste in the full-back positions. Zat Knight and Matt Mills started the weekend defeat at the heart of the defence, with Ream later dropping back from midfield to partner the latter. Mills is likely to start once again, although Freedman may make a late decision on his partner - with David Wheater also in contention to start.

Should Ream start in defence, that could open the door for Medo Kamara to return. The Sierra Leone international was on the bench at the weekend after international duty, but could come back to partner Jay Spearing in the centre of midfield.

With Moritz sidelined through injury, Robert Hall could be drafted in on the right flank. Lee Chung-Yong should start on the left, while Eagles could possibly play behind a lone striker - most likely to be either David Ngog or Jermaine Beckford. Sanmi Odelusi is also on standby, after being pulled out of the development squad's 4-1 defeat at Manchester United on Monday night.

Derby boss Nigel Clough may name an unchanged side from the one that won 5-1 at The Den on Saturday.

Craig Bryson netted a hat-trick in that game, which also saw Jake Buxton and Mason Bennett get themselves on the scoresheet. All three are likely to feature from the off at the Reebok, while John Eustace should keep his place after making his first start of the season in the weekend win.

Jeff Hendrick is missing with an ankle injury, while James Bailey, Shaun Barker and Mark O'Brien are all out with knee problems.

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

Referee: Scott Mathieson
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 20:00

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Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Tranmere Rovers 2 0
21 Peterborough United 2 0
22 Southend United 2 0
23 Bolton Wanderers 2 -11
24 Bury 0 -12
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