Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • December 14, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton make the short trip to Wigan Athletic on Sunday, looking to spoil Uwe Rosler's first home game in charge of the Latics.

Rosler took charge of his new side for the first time on Thursday night, as Wigan were beaten 2-1 at Maribor - meaning they finished bottom of their UEFA Europa League group.

League football is the priority for last season's FA Cup winners, but Wanderers will go to the DW Stadium looking to secure victory in what is the first meeting outside the top flight since April 1993.

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman will have Mark Davies available for the first time in 10 months, after the midfielder came through 70 minutes of action for the development squad in the week. Josh Vela also featured in that win at Liverpool and is back in contention for a place in the squad, as the Trotters' injury list finally begins to thin.

Both may have to settle for places on the bench, however, as Freedman looks to build on last weekend's 3-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers. Joe Mason, Andre Moritz and Neil Danns were all on the scoresheet in that victory, although the latter came off the bench late on.

Mason is expected to keep his place, ahead of Jermaine Beckford, while Moritz should provide the support link from midfield - along with Chris Eagles, Lee Chung-Yong, Jay Spearing and Darren Pratley. Contrary to reports last weekend, Pratley will not be suspended for the game and looks set to battle against Medo Kamara for a place in the starting line-up.

An unchanged backline of Kevin McNaughton, Alex Baptiste, Tim Ream and Matt Mills should provide protection for Andy Lonergan's goal. Adam Bogdan is closing in on a return to fitness, but Lonergan will start at the DW.

Stuart Holden, Marc Tierney and Joe Riley remain Bolton's long-term injury absentees.

Wigan look set to welcome Grant Holt back into the side, after he was rested for the midweek defeat at Maribor.

On-loan Manchester United forwards Will Keane and Nick Powell will be hoping to start, while Ivan Ramis and James McClean could return after missing the game in Slovenia.

Juan Carlos Garcia, Gary Caldwell, Shaun Maloney and former Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi are all missing through injury.

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

Referee: Kevin Friend
Venue: DW Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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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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