Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • March 07, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to build on their recent return to form on Saturday, when they face Leeds United at Elland Road.

After a run of eight games without a win, Wanderers travel across the Pennines looking to secure a third successive victory for only the second time this season. The last time they embarked on such a run was in November, with wins against Bournemouth, Millwall and Watford.

Following on from a 2-0 victory over Watford a fortnight ago, Wanderers recorded their biggest win over Blackburn Rovers in 86 years last weekend as they claimed a comfortable three points with a 4-0 scoreline at the Reebok Stadium.

Leeds' last four games have all been away from home, where they have picked up five points from a possible 12. They are unbeaten in their last two home games, with their most recent outing at Elland Road ending in a 5-1 win over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.

Bolton will travel to the game without the services of Stuart Holden and Darren Pratley, who were both told this week that their seasons are over.

Holden is due to fly to America next week for an assessment on his injured right knee, while Pratley has had an operation to fix a shoulder problem he aggravated against Watford two weeks ago.

Matt Mills remains sidelined with a knee injury, but there is more positive news on the fitness of Jermaine Beckford - who returned to full training this week and is in contention for a place on the bench against his former club.

Beckford has an outside change of starting against his old employers, but the strike duo of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason looks set to be given another outing after producing three goals in their first two games together.

Alan Hutton could be handed a debut, after joining on loan from Aston Villa last week, and his inclusion could see Alex Baptiste, Zat Knight, David Wheater or Tim Ream drop to the bench.

With Pratley unavailable, Neil Danns is expected to start, while Jay Spearing, Medo Kamara, Andre Moritz, Rob Hall, Lee Chung-Yong, Chris Eagles, Mark Davies and Liam Trotter will all be hoping to get the nod to join him.

As well as the aforementioned absentees of Mills, Holden and Pratley, Wanderers will be without Joe Riley, Marc Tierney and Cian Bolger.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott is expected to name Ross McCormack and Rudy Austin in his starting line-up, after both players reported back fit from international duty during the week.

Marius Zaliukas, Alex Mowatt and on-loan goalkeeper Jack Butland are all available after recent injury problems, with Butland set to make his home debut in the place of Paddy Kenny. Connor Wickham could also get his first run out at Elland Road, after he joined on loan from Sunderland.

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, Beckford, Mason, Jutkiewicz, Clough, Youngs, Iliev

Referee: Keith Hill
Venue: Elland Road
Kick-Off: 15:00

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