Bolton Wanderers v Barnsley - Preview

  • April 12, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton welcome Barnsley to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, as clubs around the country remember mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

All fixtures in the top eight divisions of English football will kick-off seven minutes later than originally planned, while a minute's silence will also be held in all stadiums as a mark of respect.

Once the tributes have been complete, Wanderers play host to a side that find themselves five points adrift of safety with just six games left to play. Barnsley may arrive in the North West as underdogs, but they are likely to turn up fighting for their lives as they look to repeat last season's great escape.

Bolton will have Joe Mason in their squad for the final time, as he heads back to Cardiff City when his loan deal expires after the game. Mason scored just one goal in an original eight-game spell with the Trotters, but has scored five time in the same number of games since returning.

Mason should partner Lukas Jutkiewicz in attack, although Jermaine Beckford could come back into the fold after coming off the bench in recent games.

Mark Davies continues to be absent with a groin injury, so Neil Danns, Lee Chung-Yong, Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara are expected to retain their places in midfield.

Tim Ream, David Wheater, Zat Knight and Alan Hutton should provide the protection for Adam Bogdan's goal, although Alex Baptiste and Matt Mills are pressing for recalls after the aforementioned back-four completed two games in the last seven days.

Marc Tierney, Stuart Holden, Joe Riley and Darren Pratley will miss the rest of the season through injury.

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson will be hoping to hand a recall to Liam Lawrence, after he missed the midweek defeat to Burnley with a calf strain.

Martin Cranie could play some part, after recovering from a hamstring injury and Kelvin Etuhu is back from suspension, but there will be no place for Marcus Pedersen, who is injured.

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

Referee: James Adcock
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:07

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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