Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town - Preview

  • October 25, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to complete an unbeaten October this weekend, when they host Ipswich Town at the Reebok Stadium.

After the club's worst start to a season in 111 years, Wanderers have gone four games without defeat - picking up six points - and could put some distance between themselves and the Championship's bottom three with victory over the Tractor Boys on Saturday.

Ipswich were the only team to record a league double over Dougie Freedman's side last season. It has been a week of change for the Trotters, but they will be looking to build on their recent form and celebrate Freedman's first anniversary in charge with three points.

Bolton will be without the services of Adam Bogdan for the next three to six weeks because of a knee ligament injury, so Andy Lonergan looks set to deputise in goal. Development goalkeeper Jay Lynch is out for a month with a back problem so Freedman has brought in former Ipswich stopper Arran Lee-Barrett, who is likely to be on the bench against his former employers.

Liam Feeney has returned to Millwall, after they activated a recall clause in his loan deal, meaning Lee Chung-Yong is in contention for a first start since the end of September. Like Chung-Yong, Robert Hall impressed as a substitute in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday - while Chris Eagles could drop to the bench after a disappointing outing against the Owls.

Unless fresh terms can be agreed, Kevin McNaughton will play the final game of his spell at the Reebok Stadium in a defence likely to consist of himself, Alex Baptiste, Tim Ream and Matt Mills. David Wheater has been out of the side in recent weeks, as he undergoes further rehabilitation work on a long-standing knee problem.

Conor Wilkinson is in contention for a place on the bench, after scoring four goals for the development squad on Tuesday, but Jermaine Beckford, David Ngog and Craig Davies are all ahead of him in the pecking order, with Beckford likely to start in front of Neil Danns in attack.

Stuart Holden, Mark Davies, Marc Tierney and Joe Riley are all out injured, while Keith Andrews, Tom Eaves, Marvin Sordell, Gary Fraser and Cian Bolger are on loan at other clubs.

For Ipswich, goalkeeper Dean Gerken is expected to return in goal after being taken off the field with a dead leg early on in last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Burnley.

Scott Loach took his place for the rest of that game, but the former Bristol City stopper should return for the trip to the Reebok.

Daryl Murphy is a doubt with a groin injury, but the likes of Christoph Berra and summer signing David McGoldrick look set to start.

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

Referee: David Webb
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 32 33
20 AFC Wimbledon 33 31
21 Tranmere Rovers 32 26
22 Southend United 33 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 31 11
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