Bolton Wanderers v Millwall - Preview

  • November 08, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to end an unwanted statistic on Saturday, when they play host to Millwall at the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers are the only side in England's top four divisions yet to win at home this season. Despite losing just three of their last 20 games on home soil, Dougie Freedman's side haven't won in eight attempts and a draw at the weekend would equal a club record five consecutive draws in front of their own supporters.

Although those statistics may not make for pleasant reading, Bolton are unbeaten in their last six games and picked up their first back-to-back away wins in almost two years with victory at Bournemouth last time out.

If Freedman's side are to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time this season, they will have to do it without the services of Darren Pratley. The former Swansea City midfielder hasn't featured since the 2-1 victory at Birmingham City in October and will miss out after suffering from back spasms during the week.

With Pratley unavailable, Andre Moritz and Craig Davies could both push for a place on the bench. Moritz recently recovered from a groin injury but missed last weekend's game at the Goldsands Stadium through illness, while Davies is available after struggling with recent ankle and hamstring injuries.

Jay Spearing, who was named North West Player of the Year this week, should captain the side, partnered by Medo Kamara in the defensive midfield positions. Lee Chung-Yong, Chris Eagles, Robert Hall and Sanmi Odelusi are all pressing for starts, while David Ngog is likely to start alongside Jermaine Beckford in attack.

Andy Lonergan, Alex Baptiste, Matt Mills, Tim Ream and Kevin McNaughton are all expected to retain their places at the back, as Wanderers remain without injury victims such as Adam Bogdan, Joe Riley, Stuart Holden and Marc Tierney.

Mark Davies is back in training after missing the last nine months with a cruciate ligament injury, but the former Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder is about a month away from returning to first-team action.

Millwall boss Steve Lomas has been boosted by the return of three players for the trip to Bolton, with Justin Hoyte, Mark Beevers and Jimmy Abdou all available for selection.

Hoyte joined the Lions on loan from Middlesbrough in the week, while Beevers may have to settle for a place on the bench after missing the last six weeks with a knee injury.

Abdou returns from suspension and looks set to take the place of Shaun Derry in defence, after his loan spell from Queens Park Rangers was cut short. Derry has since been named as the new manager of Notts County and will sign on as a player in the January transfer window.

Scott Malone will miss the trip up north with a knee problem, as Millwall look to build on last season's unbeaten record against the Trotters.

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

Referee: Graham Scott
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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