Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday - Preview

  • October 18, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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With England's World Cup place now secured, domestic football returns on Saturday as Bolton host Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

Following a 2-1 victory at Birmingham City a fortnight ago, Wanderers welcome Dave Jones' side to the Reebok Stadium at the weekend - the only club yet to record a win in England's second-tier this campaign.

Aside from the long-term absentees of Stuart Holden, Mark Davies, Marc Tierney and Joe Riley, Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman has a fully-fit squad to choose from as his side look to build on recent results.

Freedman will have Andre Moritz available for selection, as his recovery from a torn groin went better than expected. The former Crystal Palace midfielder looked set to miss six weeks of action when the problem was diagnosed last month, but he is fit and looks set to take a place on the bench.

David Ngog is also available, after missing the win at Birmingham, while Craig Davies is back in contention after a late cameo role at St Andrew's marked his first appearance since August.

Unless a permanent deal can be arranged within the next week, Liam Feeney will play his final game for the club before heading back to Millwall. The on-loan winger is set to return to The Den next Friday, but he is likely to start ahead of both Chris Eagles and Lee Chung-Yong - the latter of whom has been away on international duty.

Eagles could return to the side on the other flank, with Darren Pratley making way, but Freedman may opt to name a similar side to the won that remained unchanged last time out.

Jay Spearing should captain the team, with Zat Knight remaining on the bench, with Medo Kamara partnering him in midfield. Kevin McNaughton, Tim Ream, Matt Mills and Alex Baptiste are likely start, with Adam Bogdan set to play for the first time since conceding eight in Hungary's humiliating defeat in the Netherlands last week.

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

Referee: Chris Foy
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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