Millwall v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • February 14, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton and Millwall meet at The Den on Saturday, with both sides desperate for points in the battle to stay in the Championship.

Wanderers go into the game in 19th place, five points above the bottom three, while Millwall are two places and two points behind. Both teams are in wretched form, having both won just one of their last 11 league games, so Dougie Freedman will be hoping the 3-1 victory in this season's reverse fixture can be repeated in the capital.

Freedman's side make the trip to London having been handed yet another injury blow. Andre Moritz lasted just 12 minutes as a substitute against Burnley on Tuesday night and looks set to miss the next few weeks of action with a hamstring injury.

His absence leaves Lukas Jutkiewicz as the only recognised senior forward for the Trotters, who are without the services of Jermaine Beckford - who has a hamstring problem of his own. With Marvin Sordell, Craig Davies and Tom Eaves out on loan, Sanmi Odelusi looks set to be handed a place on the bench.

David Wheater made his first start since October in Tuesday's defeat to the Clarets. His knee hasn't shown any signs of fatigue during the week and he should retain his place alongside Matt Mills at the heart of the Bolton defence. Tim Ream and Alex Baptiste are likely to continue in the full-back positions, with Zat Knight among the substitutes.

Liam Trotter, who is on loan at the Reebok Stadium, is ineligible to feature against his parent club, so, with Moritz also unavailable, Neil Danns could come back into the side after sitting out the last couple of games.

Jay Spearing, Medo Kamara, Lee Chung-Yong and Chris Eagles all started against Burnley, but the likes of Robert Hall, Darren Pratley, Josh Vela and Mark Davies are all pushing for recalls.

As well as the aforementioned absentees of Moritz and Beckford, Wanderers remain without Marc Tierney, Joe Riley and Stuart Holden. Jay Lynch will also miss out on the matchday squad after picking up a slight illness.

Lions boss Ian Holloway will be without the suspended Shane Lowry, who sits out the final game of a four-match ban for a red card he received against Sheffield Wednesday last month.

Ed Upson missed out on the midweek draw at Yeovil Town but is expected to return in midfield, although Mark Beevers and Nicky Bailey are likely to miss out with calf and back injuries, respectively.

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

Referee: Simon Hooper
Venue: The Den
Kick-Off: 15:00

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Sky Bet League Two Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Colchester United 23 30
16 Port Vale 25 29
17 Bolton Wanderers 24 28
18 Harrogate Town 22 26
19 Scunthorpe United 24 26
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