Bolton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest - Preview

  • January 11, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton play host to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, in a game which, on paper, looks set to provide Wanderers with one of their most difficult games of the season.

Both sides go into the game on the back of victories in the FA Cup last weekend, with Forest's 5-0 win over West Ham United extending their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions.

Wanderers' 2-1 win over Blackpool saw them go two unbeaten - since losing 5-3 at Leicester City on December 29 - and they will be looking for revenge after suffering a 3-0 defeat at the City Ground in August.

Trotters boss Dougie Freedman has good and bad selection headaches ahead of the game, with the performances of Jermaine Beckford and David Ngog last weekend giving him food for thought when it comes to team selection and his choice of formation.

Both forwards were on the scoresheet in the win over the Seasiders, although Freedman has hinted that he could return to playing just one lone-striker - in which case Ngog is likely to drop to the bench.

At the back, Freedman will have to persevere with the defence of Tim Ream, Matt Mills, Zat Knight and Alex Baptiste, with no other senior options available. David Wheater (knee), Marc Tierney (leg) and Tyrone Mears are all sidelined with injury, while Andy Lonergan will continue to deputise for the absent Adam Bogdan in goal.

Darren Pratley, Josh Vela and Lee Chung-Yong all came on as substitutes last time out, while Jay Spearing is back in the squad after being rested against Blackpool.

Medo Kamara's Man of the Match performance in that game could see him retain his place, although Mark Davies is available again after a brief illness.

Gary Fraser returned to the club last weekend, but has since completed a permanent transfer to Partick Thistle.

Forest boss Billy Davies will hand a late fitness test to Eric Lichaj, after he picked up an injury in the cup win over West Ham.

Jamie Paterson netted a hat-trick in that game and looks set to keep his place up front, although utility man Greg Halford is expected to lead the attack at the Reebok.

Darius Henderson is out through injury, as are Danny Collins, Kelvin Wilson. David Vaughan is a major doubt with a thigh problem.

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

Referee: Michael Naylor
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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