Bolton Wanderers v Blackpool - Preview

  • March 25, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton and Blackpool meet at the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday night, with goal difference all that separates them in the Championship table.

The two sides have had contrasting campaigns, with Wanderers picking up the majority of their points since November. Blackpool, on the other hand, have won two of their last three games, after going four-and-a-half months without a victory beforehand.

The Seasiders have never won at the Reebok, with their last win in Bolton coming March 1986 - in a Division Three fixture at Burnden Park.

Wanderers will be without the services of former Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste for the visit of his ex-employers, as he serves a one-match suspension after being sent off in the weekend draw at Yeovil Town.

Baptiste's absence could open the door for Matt Mills to return to the side. If that scenario was to happen, Tim Ream is likely to shift across to left-back to allow Mills to partner Zat Knight at the heart of the defence. Alan Hutton should also start at right-back, in the penultimate game of his loan spell.

David Wheater is also pushing for a recall, but there will be no places for the injured duo of Marc Tierney and Joe Riley.

Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara are expected to start, with Mark Davies and Neil Danns hoping to get the nod to join them in midfield. Lee Chung-Yong, Chris Eagles, Andre Moritz, Liam Trotter and Robert Hall will all be hoping to force their way into Dougie Freedman's plans, but the Wanderers boss may opt to field an unchanged middle-four.

Joe Mason and Lukas Jutkiewicz have impressed during their brief time as a partnership, but Jermaine Beckford is pushing for a recall after coming off the bench at Huish Park for his first appearance in over two months.

Should Adam Bogdan start the game in goal, he will be making his 100th competitive appearance in a Bolton shirt.

Blackpool head coach Barry Ferguson could hand a debut to Robert Earnshaw, who recently signed a deal that will keep him at Bloomfield Road until the end of the season.

Kirk Broadfoot is awaiting the results of scans on a knee injury and will miss the game, while Steve Davis is also unavailable after picking up a groin problem.

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

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 20:00

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20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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