Bournemouth v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • November 02, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton make the long trip to Bournemouth on Saturday, in what will be the first meeting between the two clubs in over 20 years.

The last time the sides met was in April 1993, when goals from Julian Darby and Phil Brown put Wanderers on the brink of promotion to Division 1 with a 2-1 victory at Dean Court. Two decades on, Dougie Freedman will be hoping to record a similar result to the one two decades ago as the Trotters go in search of only their second league win of the season.

An unbeaten October moved Bolton out of the Championship's bottom three, with only four teams - Burnley, Leicester City, Derby County and Middlesbrough - picking up more points. But the disappointing element of that run is the fact that Freedman's side recorded just one win in their four outings, away at Birmingham City.

Wanderers have no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip down to the south coast, and could be boosted by the return of Craig Davies, David Wheater and Tyrone Mears. All three played in a behind-closed-doors friendly during the week and are in contention for places on the bench, after missing the majority of the campaign with respective injury problems.

Kevin McNaughton extended his loan deal from Cardiff City on Tuesday and is expected to continue at right-back, with Alex Baptiste, Tim Ream and Matt Mills continuing to provide the cover for Andy Lonergan's goal.

Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara are likely to start in the two anchoring midfield roles, with Lee Chung-Yong, Chris Eagles, Robert Hall, Andre Moritz, Darren Pratley and Neil Danns all hoping to take the other two or three positions - dependent on which formation is chosen on the afternoon.

David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford both started last weekend's 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town, but changes are expected to be made as the Trotters hit the road for the first time since October 5.

Adam Bogdan, Stuart Holden, Mark Davies, Joe Riley and Marc Tierney remain on the sidelines, while development squad duo Conor Wilkinson and Chris Lester will spend the next month on loan at Conference Premier side Chester FC.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe could hand a debut to on-loan goalkeeper Lee Camp at the weekend, after he completed a switch from West Bromwich Albion during the week.

Ryan Allsop started last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Leicester City, but Camp is expected to make his debut at the Goldsands Stadium.

Elliott Ward is unavailable after being sent off in that defeat at the King Power Stadium, so Tommy Elphick should come back into the side to partner Steve Cook at the heart of the defence.

Matt Ritchie is closing in on a comeback from a thigh injury, but Saturday's game is likely to come too soon for the former Swindon Town midfielder.

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, Woodland, Kellett, Kamara, Ngog, Beckford, C Davies, O'Halloran, Odelusi, Clough, Youngs

Referee: Darren Deadman
Venue: Goldsands 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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