Bolton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest - Preview

  • August 15, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Nottingham Forest travel to Bolton on Saturday, as Wanderers play host to Stuart Pearce's side in the first league game at the newly renamed Macron Stadium.

Bolton go into the game on the back of two uninspiring displays in the opening week of the season - with a 3-2 extra-time victory over Bury on Tuesday night following on from last weekend's 3-0 defeat at Watford.

Forest, meanwhile, are two from two under their new manager, after building on their 2-0 win over Blackpool on the opening day with a 1-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers in midweek.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made nine changes to his team for the cup success over the Shakers and has confirmed Adam Bogdan will return in goal, at the expense of Andy Lonergan.

Bogdan was on the bench at Vicarage Road last weekend, after missing pre-season with a back injury, but returned in midweek and has done enough to earn a starting role against Forest.

Another man hoping to retain his place is David Wheater, who partnered Dorian Dervite at the heart of the defence. Matt Mills is likely to come back in for the latter, although Wheater's role may rest on a late fitness test for Dean Moxey.

Moxey is struggling with a bruised foot and, should he miss the game, Wheater should start in the middle, with Tim Ream filling the void at left-back.

Kevin McNaughton is expected to take over from Oscar Threlkeld at right-back, while Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara are likely to take over from Darren Pratley and Liam Trotter in midfield.

Neil Danns' two goals against Bury could see him return to the side, with Robert Hall the most likely to make way after a poor showing against the League Two side.

Joe Mason has received international clearance following his loan move from Cardiff City and will be involved, but may have to settle for a place on the bench - as Jermaine Beckford and Craig Davies compete with Conor Wilkinson for an attacking role.

As well as the likely absence of Moxey, Wanderers will be without Mark Davies (fractured toe), Marc Tierney (broken leg), Josh Vela (knee), Sanmi Odelusi (knee) and Andy Kellett, as well as the outgoing loan duo of Alex Baptiste and Joe Riley.

Forest will be without Michael Mancienne for their trip to the Macron, after he was sent off in the midweek cup win at Tranmere.

Jack Hobbs is the favourite to replace Mancienne in defence, although he has recently returned from an ankle injury which saw him miss the final three months of last season.

Kelvin Wilson and Jamaal Lascelles have returned to training following slight injuries, but Forest may have to do without Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan, who both struggling to be fit in time.

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
13 Accrington Stanley 27 36
14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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