Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers - Preview

  • March 01, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will be out for revenge on Saturday, when they play host to Blackburn Rovers at the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 2-0 victory over Watford last weekend and will be looking to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat at Ewood Park back in August.

Dougie Freedman's side have won just one of their last 10 league games, while Rovers are unbeaten in their last five - keeping clean sheets in each of their last three outings.

The Bolton boss will have Alan Hutton available for selection, after the right-back signed on loan from Aston Villa on Friday. The former Glasgow Rangers defender will spend the next month with the Trotters and could appear for the first time in the Lancashire derby.

Hutton's inclusion means Alex Baptiste could drop to the bench, with Zat Knight likely to partner David Wheater at the heart of the defence and Tim Ream at left-back. Matt Mills is unavailable after injuring his knee in last weekend's win against the Hornets, as is Darren Pratley - who could miss the rest of the campaign with a shoulder injury.

Pratley's absence could provide Neil Danns with a route back into the side, after finding himself on the bench in recent weeks. Danns could join a midfield which includes Jay Spearing, Medo Kamara and Mark Davies, although Chris Eagles, Lee Chung-Yong and Robert Hall are also pushing for starting roles.

Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason impressed in their first outing as a duo last time out, so they are likely to start against Rovers. Jermaine Beckford is closing in on a return from a hamstring problem, but will miss the game through illness.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer could be without Tom Cairney for the trip to the Reebok, after he picked up an ankle injury in last weekend's 1-0 victory at Reading.

Josh King misses out with a tight hamstring, while Dickson Etuhu is struggling to overcome an ankle problem. Ben Marshall is also out with an ankle injury but there is more positive news on Corry Evans, who could appear for the first time since last October.

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

Referee: Paul Tierney
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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20 AFC Wimbledon 33 31
21 Tranmere Rovers 32 26
22 Southend United 33 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 31 11
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