Bolton Wanderers v Bournemouth - Preview

  • February 07, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's search for a first league win of 2014 continues on Saturday, when they host Bournemouth at the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers are currently on a run of six league games without a victory, with an FA Cup third round win over Blackpool their only success of the year so far.

Like Bolton, Bournemouth also go into the game in poor form - having won one of their last six Championship fixtures. They beat Burton Albion to move into the fourth round of the FA Cup, where, like Wanderers, they were eliminated by Premier League opposition.

Trotters boss Dougie Freedman has a difficult decision to make, with Adam Bogdan making it known in the week that he wants to play regular first-team football or may decide to seek a move away from the club.

The Hungary international hasn't featured since October because of a knee ligament injury but is available for selection and has had to watch on in recent weeks as Andy Lonergan has made a number of high profile mistakes.

Arran Lee-Barrett is also in the squad, while Jay Lynch returned to the development squad for Wednesday's 4-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Jermaine Beckford is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury, but Saturday's game against the Cherries will probably come too soon for the former Leeds United forward. Sanmi Odelusi could make the 18, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is expected to keep his place as the lone forward.

Behind him, Liam Trotter could make his full Bolton debut after coming off the bench at Ipswich Town last weekend. Chris Eagles and Lee Chung-Yong will be hoping to force their way back into the side, although Mark Davies, Darren Pratley and Neil Danns started alongside Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara at Portman Road.

David Wheater is in contention for his first start in five months after returning to full training this week, but Dougie Freedman looks set to name an unchanged back four - with Tim Ream, Zat Knight, Matt Mills and Alex Baptiste named in the starting 11.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Lee-Barrett, Mears, Mills, Ream, Knight, Baptiste, Wheater, 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: Andrew Madley
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Peterborough United 2 6
2 Exeter City 2 4
3 Bolton Wanderers 2 4
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2 4
5 Accrington Stanley 2 4
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