Bolton Wanderers v Bury - Preview

  • August 12, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton mark the first competitive game at Macron Stadium on Tuesday night with a League Cup tie against near neighbours, Bury.

The two sides last met in October 2002, when an own-goal from Bernard Mendy gave the Shakers a 1-0 victory in the second round of the same competition.

The rivalry between the two clubs may have softened in recent times, but a strong away following of more than 2,500 proves just how much a win would mean to natives of the local area.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman will make changes to the side that lost 3-0 at Watford on the opening day of the season, with Adam Bogdan and Liam Trotter both set to start.

Bogdan is closing in on a return to full fitness, after missing the whole of pre-season with a back injury, while Trotter is also getting back into his stride after a couple of outings for the development squad.

Joe Mason, who joined on loan from Cardiff City on Monday, is unlikely to play as Bolton wait for international clearance to arrive, so Jermaine Beckford and Conor Wilkinson are in contention to lead the attack, ahead of Craig Davies.

Dorian Dervite could start ahead of Matt Mills, who picked up a slight knock at Vicarage Road, while Dean Moxey may also miss the game after going off in the same game. Tim Ream could move to left-back in his absence, which could also provide an opportunity for David Wheater to make his return.

Robert Hall and Oscar Threlkeld may also be involved, but there is unlikely to be a place for the doubtful Mark Davies and Josh Vela, while Marc Tierney, Andy Kellett and Sanmi Odelusi are all out injured.

Bury boss David Flitcroft will be hoping to make amends for a 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham Town at the weekend, after being disappointed with a below-par performance from his players.

Chris Hussey and Craig Jones should be handed a chance to get over their dismal opening day displays, while summer signing James Poole could be given a first start after impressing as a substitute in that game.

Former Bolton goalkeeper Rob Lainton is likely to be on the bench, with another summer arrival, Shwan Jalal, set to start.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Wheater, White, Taylor, Threlkeld, Maher, Sellers, Matthews, Spearing, Feeney, Hall, M Davies, Trotter, Danns, Pratley, Vela, Hughes, Chung-Yong, Lester, Woodland, Kamara, Bastos, Beckford, C Davies, Eaves, Wilkinson, Clough, Youngs, Iliev, Knight

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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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