Bolton Wanderers v Yeovil Town - Preview

  • September 27, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton and Yeovil Town meet at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, in what is already being described as a must-win game for both sides.

Both Wanderers and Town occupy places in the bottom three going into the weekend's fixtures, with Dougie Freedman's Trotters propping up the table after a winless start to the new campaign - their worst in 111 years.

Yeovil upset the odds to win at Millwall on the opening day but have drawn one and lost six of their last seven league outings, meaning both sides will be looking to claim a vital three points at the weekend.

Bolton have added three players to their squad this week and they could all make their debuts for the club. Neil Danns, Liam Feeney and Kevin McNaugton joined the club on loan deals from Leicester City, Millwall and Cardiff City, respectively, and will all be in the squad.

McNaughton is expected to start at right-back, although Danns and Feeney may have to settle for a place on the bench. Should McNaughton get the nod to start the game, summer signing Alex Baptiste could be moved into a central position - at the expense of either Matt Mills or David Wheater, who have failed to stop the side from leaking goals following the omission of Zat Knight. Marc Tierney should start at left-back, in a back-four providing protection to Adam Bogdan's goal.

Medo Kamara is in contention for a return to the team, after sitting on the bench for the last three games, although Freedman may have a difficult decision on his hands when it comes to dropping either Jay Spearing or Tim Ream. Ream has excelled in defensive midfield in recent games, while the usually reliable Spearing has so far disappointed since joining on a permanent deal from Liverpool. Darren Pratley will also be hoping to force his way back into the starting eleven, but the arrival of Danns throws another name into the equation.

Chris Eagles, Lee Chung-Yong and Robert Hall have fought it out for the wing positions this season, but they now face further competition from Feeney. The on-loan Millwall winger is likely to start as a substitute on Saturday, but his pace and drive to run at opponents may be a useful asset to have in the latter stages of the game.

Craig Davies will once again miss out with a toe injury, so David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford will both battle it out to start in attack. Zach Clough and Conor Wilkinson were both on the scoresheet in the development squad's 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in midweek, but Freedman is hesitant to throw the young duo straight in at the deep end.

Joining Davies on the sidelines is his namesake, Mark, while Stuart Holden, Joe Riley and Andre Moritz are also out through injury. Marvin Sordell, Keith Andrews, Gary Fraser and Tom Eaves are all out on loan.

Saturday's game will be the first ever league meeting between the two sides. Just nine years after Yeovil won promotion to The Football League for the first time in their history, they find themselves just one level below the Premier League and hold the local bragging rights - as they are in a higher division than both Bristol clubs, City and Rovers.

Gary Johnson's side will be boosted by the return of Paddy Madden, who scored a brace for their development squad in a 7-1 win over Torquay United in midweek. Madden has recovered from a knee injury to be fit for the game and could come back into a side who have scored just three league goals this campaign.

Dan Seaborne and the on-loan Everton man Shane Duffy are the club's only fit central defenders, with Duffy joining the club on a one-month deal on Thursday.

Byron Webster sits out the final game of a three-match suspension, while Liam Fontaine has returned to Bristol City for treatment on a hamstring problem.

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

Referee: Tony Harrington
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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