Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • February 01, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton head to Ipswich Town on Saturday, hoping to halt a run of three successive defeats in all competitions.

After starting 2014 with a three game unbeaten run, Wanderers have since been beaten 7-1 at Reading, 1-0 at home by Cardiff City and, most recently, 2-1 away at Queens Park Rangers.

A number of players have joined or left the club since that defeat at Loftus Road and some could see their first taste of action in a Trotters shirt at Portman Road.

Liam Trotter looks set to make his debut in midfield, after joining on loan from Millwall for the rest of the season. His move was finalised on transfer deadline day and was approved by The Football League this morning. The 25-year-old began his career at Ipswich and could face his hometown club just 24 hours after moving to the Reebok Stadium.

With Craig Davies now on loan at Preston North End, Lukas Jutkiewicz is expected to make his first start. The former Everton forward came on as a substitute against QPR and is the only senior option available to face the Tractor Boys.

Yannick Bastos also joined the club on deadline day, but he will initially join up with the development squad in order to adapt to the English game.

Tim Ream suffered a broken nose just 15 seconds into Tuesday's defeat, but looks set to retain his place at right-back - in an unchanged defence also featuring Zat Knight, Matt Mills and Alex Baptiste. Hayden White replaced Ream at Loftus Road and is in contention to deputise, but is most likely to take a place on the bench.

Jermaine Beckford is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury, while David Wheater should resume full training early next week after a long-standing knee problem.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy could hand a recall to former Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Stephen Hunt, who was rested for Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Leeds United.

Frazer Richardson could make his debut, after joining on loan from Middlesbrough, but McCarthy is likely to name a similar side to the one that drew with United during the week.

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

Referee: Charles Breakspear
Venue: Portman Road
Kick-Off: 15:00

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Accrington Stanley 20 27
14 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
16 Cambridge United 20 23
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