Bolton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion - Preview

  • March 14, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to make it three home wins in-a-row on Saturday, when Brighton & Hove Albion are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers are currently in the midst of a five-game unbeaten run in the Championship, moving them up to 16th place in the table - 11 points clear of the bottom three.

A run of three successive wins was halted with a goalless draw at Derby County on Tuesday night, but Dougie Freedman's side go into the game in their best form of the campaign and looking to avenge a 3-1 defeat in September's reverse fixture at the AMEX Stadium.

They remain without the services of Matt Mills for the visit of the Seagulls, as he continues to struggle with the injury he picked up last month. Mills' absence means an unchanged back-four could start the game - with Alex Baptiste, Tim Ream, Zat Knight and Alan Hutton retaining their places. David Wheater could come back into the side, however, which could see Hutton dropping to the bench.

Arran Lee-Barrett could continue to deputise for the unwell Andy Lonergan, but Adam Bogdan's position in goal will remain unchallenged after he recorded three clean sheets in his last four games.

Joe Mason and Chris Eagles could return after overcoming illnesses of their own, with Mason likely to take the place of Andre Moritz in the Wanderers attack - where he should partner Lukas Jutkiewicz. Jermaine Beckford is fit and available, but may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Jay Spearing, Medo Kamara, Neil Danns and Mark Davies have all impressed in recent games, so could all continue in midfield, but the likes of Eagles, Lee Chung-Yong and Josh Vela will all be hoping to break into the starting line-up.

As well as the aforementioned absentees of Mills, Lonergan - and possibly Mason and Eagles - Bolton remain without Marc Tierney, Joe Riley, Cian Bolger and Darren Pratley.

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia will be without Keith Andrews, as he sits out the game due to being on loan from the Reebok Stadium.

Gordon Greer should return after missing the midweek win over QPR through suspension, with Lewis Dunk dropping to the bench.

Will Hoskins and Craig Mackail-Smith are expected to miss out, having missed the majority of the campaign, and they will be joined by fellow injury victims Andrea Orlandi and Andrew Crofts.

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

Referee: Scott Duncan
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Accrington Stanley 20 27
14 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
16 Cambridge United 20 23
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