Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough - Preview

  • August 19, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton welcome Middlesbrough to Macron Stadium on Tuesday night, looking to extend a run which has seen them lose just one of their last seven home games.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, a game in which they twice surrendered leads. Boro, meanwhile, were victims of a late goal as they were beaten 1-0 at Leeds United on the same afternoon.

Dougie Freedman has no fresh injury concerns to deal with, ahead of Tuesday's visit of Boro, but may decide to make changes based on a couple of knocks his players received in the previous game.

Joe Mason and Craig Davies were the attacking force against Forest and retain their places, although Jermaine Beckford and Conor Wilkinson are both available for selection after sitting on the bench last time out.

Wilkinson was a notable absentee from Monday night's development squad game against Newcastle United, so is expected to make the matchday 18, but there isn't likely to be any place for Robert Hall and the returning Andy Kellett, who did feature in that game at Leyland.

Dean Moxey will be assessed ahead of kick-off, after recovering from a foot injury he received in the opening day defeat at Watford, but Tim Ream is expected to start at left-back in an unchanged back-four.

Darren Pratley, Liam Trotter and Liam Feeney are all available, should Neil Danns fail to overcome a slight knock he received last time out, while Lee Chung-Yong, Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara are all hopeful of retaining their starting roles.

Mark Davies is closing in on a return from a fractured toe, but is still said to be a week away from action, while Marc Tierney (broken leg) and Sanmi Odelusi (knee ligaments) remain on the sidelines.

Boro boss Aitor Karanka is expected to name a similar side to the one that lost at Leeds on Saturday, with summer signing Damia Abella likely to start.

Adam Clayton and Kike could start, with big things expected from the latter, but Boro will be without the services of Ben Gibson (hamstring), Emmanuel Ledesma (foot), Rhys Williams (Achilles) and Muzzy Carayol (cruciate ligament).

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Peterborough United 2 6
2 Exeter City 2 4
3 Bolton Wanderers 2 4
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2 4
5 Accrington Stanley 2 4
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