Bolton Wanderers v Blackpool - Preview

  • January 04, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton take a break from Championship action at the weekend, as focus turns to an FA Cup third round tie with Blackpool.

Just five points separate the two sides in the league, with Blackpool sitting 12th and Wanderers in 18th. But Saturday sees the renewal of a famous old rivalry in the cup and a repeat of the 1953 final itself, which saw Blackpool come from 3-1 down to win the game 4-3.

It is the eighth time they have been drawn together in the FA Cup, with the Trotters boasting four victories. Blackpool, however, have won the last three - including that Wembley showdown over 60 years ago.

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman expects to name a strong side for the visit of their Lancashire rivals, with the likes of Matt Mills, Tim Ream and Zat Knight all likely to play, but youngsters such as Josh Vela, Hayden White, Cian Bolger and Tom Youngs could be involved after being named in the squad.

Neil Danns is in contention to start, after rejoining the club on loan from Leicester City, although Wanderers will be without Joe Mason and Jan Gregus after they returned to their respective loan clubs on Friday. Michael O'Halloran will also play no part, after completing a transfer to St Johnstone.

Craig Davies is available and could feature for the first time in almost two months, but there will be no places for Stuart Holden, Joe Riley, Marc Tierney, Adam Bogdan and the latest additions to the injury list - David Wheater and Tyrone Mears.

Arran Lee-Barrett could make his debut in goal, with Andy Lonergan possibly being rested after playing the last 12 games in place of the injured Bogdan.

Blackpool boss Paul Ince looks set to recall former Bolton midfielder Chris Basham, who missed the New Year's Day defeat at Sheffield Wednesday through suspension.

Basham, who was a product of the Trotters' academy, made 21 senior appearances for the club, before joining the Seasiders in August 2010.

Kirk Broadfoot will serve the third game of a four-match ban, while Tyler Blackett, Nathan Delfouneso, Dan Gosling, Bradley Orr and Marvin Zeelegaar have all returned to their parent clubs, after their respective loan deals came to an end.

Ricardo Fuller is in contention to start up front, with Isaiah Osbourne struggling to recover in time from a hamstring injury.

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

Referee: Simon Hooper
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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