Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic - Preview

  • March 28, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton play their final Lancashire derby of the season on Saturday, when Wigan Athletic are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 1-0 victory over Blackpool on Tuesday night, while the Latics were beaten by the same scoreline at Queens Park Rangers.

12 places and 18 points separate the two sides ahead of the fixture, with Wigan currently in fifth position and looking good to secure a play-off place.

Bolton will have Alex Baptiste available for selection, after he missed the midweek win over his former club due to suspension. Tim Ream shifted across to left-back during his absence, with David Wheater and Zat Knight pairing up in the middle of the defence. With Alan Hutton set to play the final game of his loan spell, Dougie Freedman may opt to name an unchanged back four - ahead of Adam Bogdan, in goal.

Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara should retain their places, despite the midweek loan signing of Southampton youngster Andy Robinson.

Mark Davies is a doubt with a groin strain, so Lee Chung-Yong or Liam Trotter could come back into contention, although Neil Danns is expected to start behind Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason - although Jermaine Beckford's return could see that strike partnership broken up.

Matt Mills is available after recovering from a knee injury, but there will be no places for the likes of Marc Tierney, Joe Riley, Stuart Holden and Darren Pratley.

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell could make his return at the Reebok, after missing the entire campaign to date with an Achilles injury. Shaun Maloney is also back in contention after sitting out the last six months with a hip problem, with both likely to be named in the Latics squad after coming through a behind-closed-doors friendly in the week.

Nicky Maynard, Martyn Waghorn and Ryan Tunnicliffe will all be hoping to return, but Uwe Rosler will be without the services of Leon Barnett, Ben Watson, Roger Espinoza and Chris McCann.

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

Referee: Darren Drysdale
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

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