Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • April 25, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton hit the road for the final time this season on Saturday, when they face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Wanderers travel across the Pennines looking to complete a clean sweep of victories in Yorkshire this campaign, after winning at Barnsley, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers already.

They were victorious on their previous visit to Hillsborough, winning 2-1 last season, and will be looking to remain unbeaten for an eight successive away game - marking their best run on their travels since October 2001.

Dougie Freedman looks set to give youngsters the opportunity to impress once again, after handing debuts to Andy Kellett and Chris Lester against Leicester City, while Hayden White could face his old club after making his first senior start against the Foxes.

Wanderers could be without nine first-team players for their game against the Owls, with Andre Moritz (hamstring), Darren Pratley (shoulder), Stuart Holden (knee), Marc Tierney (broken leg) and Joe Riley (knee) all on the sidelines.

Mark Davies continues to miss out with a groin problem, while Alan Hutton is unlikely to feature after injuring his knee in the goalless draw at Charlton Athletic on Good Friday.

A late decision will be made on the fitness of Alex Baptiste, who is struggling with a hip injury, while Medo Kamara is unlikely to feature after picking up a stomach bug.

Just as they did on Tuesday night, Bolton could start with an unfamiliar back-four at Hillsborough. Tim Ream should continue at left-back, while David Wheater, Zat Knight and Matt Mills all started in central positions, with White at right-back.

White was sacrificed at half-time, in favour of a more traditional 4-4-2 which saw Mills revert to full-back, so both formations will be under consideration from the Trotters boss.

Jay Spearing and Liam Trotter look set to keep their places in midfield, although Lee Chung-Yong and Robert Hall face dropping to the bench as Neil Danns returns to the squad after missing the previous game through ineligibility.

Lukas Jutkiewicz is the favourite to start in attack, although the nature of the formation may see him partnered with Jermaine Beckford.

Wednesday boss Stuart Gray will be without the services of Liam Palmer, who was forced out of Easter Monday's defeat to Charlton Athletic with a groin injury.

Joe Mattock is expected to start in his place, but the Owls are also likely to miss Lewis Buxton (knee), Glenn Loovens (hamstring) and the suspended Sam Hutchinson, who is on loan from Chelsea.

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

Referee: Andy Davies
Venue: Hillsborough Stadium
Kick-Off: 15:00

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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