Reading v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • January 17, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to make it four games unbeaten in 2014 on Saturday, when they make the trip to Reading's Madejski Stadium.

Wanderers are unbeaten since the turn of the year, with their last defeat coming at the hands of Leicester City in the final game of 2013. In total, Dougie Freedman's side have lost just one of their last six games in all competitions, winning two and drawing three. They are the outside bet to claim victory in Berkshire, with currently offering the best sportsbook price.

They travel down south on Saturday boosted by the return of Adam Bogdan and Craig Davies, but the news that Jermaine Beckford will miss the next three weeks with a hamstring injury is a cause for concern for the Trotters boss.

Beckford tops Bolton's goalscoring charts this season, with eight to his name, but his absence means David Ngog is likely to start against the Royals.

Craig Davies has been included in the squad and could make his first appearance since November, while Georg Iliev could make the bench after signing his first professional contract earlier in the week. Conor Wilkinson, Sanmi Odelusi, Zach Clough and Tom Youngs could also be pushing for a place on the bench.

Andy Lonergan will start in goal, despite the return of Bogdan - who has missed the last three months with a knee ligament injury. Lonergan has started the last 14 games, dating back to October, and looks set to keep his place for the immediate future.

An unchanged back-four of Tim Ream, Zat Knight, Matt Mills and Alex Baptiste should start, with Mills facing his former club, with added support coming from captain Jay Spearing in midfield - who is under pressure from Medo Kamara.

Darren Pratley, Chris Eagles, Lee Chung-Yong, Robert Hall and Neil Danns are all competing for the other available places, although Mark Davies is expected to start ahead of them.

With Bogdan and Craig Davies back in action, Wanderers' only notable absentees are Marc Tierney, David Wheater, Joe Riley, Stuart Holden and the aforementioned Beckford.

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

Referee: Andy Davies
Venue: Madejski Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 AFC Wimbledon 18 16
20 Tranmere Rovers 17 16
21 Milton Keynes Dons 18 13
22 Southend United 19 6
23 Bolton Wanderers 15 1
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