Bolton Wanderers v Watford - Preview

  • February 21, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to end a nine-game winless league run on Saturday, when Watford are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium.

January's FA Cup third round victory over Blackpool is Wanderers' only success so far this year, with the Boxing Day win at Barnsley the last time Dougie Freedman's side took three points from a league fixture.

Recent history is on their side, however, with the Trotters having emerged victorious in six of the last seven meetings between themselves and the Hornets in all competitions - dating back to December 2000.

Saturday's hosts have been boosted by the midweek acquisition of Joe Mason, who re-joined the club on loan from Cardiff City. The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international scored just once in eight games during a previous spell at the club, but looks set to link up with Lukas Jutkiewicz in a two-man attack.

Jermaine Beckford continues to miss out with a hamstring injury, while Marvin Sordell, Craig Davies, Tom Eaves, Conor Wilkinson and Sanmi Odelusi are all out on loan. Those absentees could open the door for Zach Clough, Tom Youngs or Georg Iliev to make the bench - with the latter netting a hat-trick for the development squad during the week.

A late decision will be made over the fitness of Andre Moritz, although he is expected to miss out as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem.

Liam Trotter is available after missing last week's draw at Millwall through ineligibility and he will compete with the likes of Jay Spearing, Mark Davies, Medo Kamara, Neil Danns and Darren Pratley for a place in midfield. Lee Chung-Yong and Chris Eagles should start out wide, although Robert Hall could make a surprise appearance after hitting the headlines in the week.

David Wheater is showing no ill-effects after recently returning from a long injury lay-off and he should start alongside Matt Mills at the heart of the Wanderers defence, with Tim Ream and Alex Baptiste occupying the full-back roles and Adam Bogdan in goal.

Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino will be without the services of Fernando Forestieri and Samba Diakite for their long trip to the Reebok Stadium.

Forestieri is struggling to recover from a hamstring strain, while Diakite sits out the second game of a three-match suspension.

Lloyd Doyley is available after a calf injury, but the visitors will be without Fitz Hall (Achilles), Almen Abdi (foot) and Lewis McGugan (thigh).

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

Referee: Frederick Graham
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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