Brighton & Hove Albion v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • August 22, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, looking to move out of the Championship relegation zone with a first league win of the season.

Wanderers have picked up just one point from their opening three league outings of the new campaign, after drawing 1-1 with Nottingham Forest last weekend. That was sandwiched inbetween a defeat at Watford on the opening day and a 2-1 home loss to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

Defeat to Boro saw Kevin McNaughton added to the injury list at Macron Stadium, as he limped out deep into stoppage time with a hamstring strain. Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has confirmed the problem isn't as severe as first feared, but the on-loan Cardiff City full-back won't be risked at the AMEX.

McNaughton's absence could prompt a shake-up of a leaky defence, with Oscar Threlkeld and Hayden White both pushing for a starting role.

Dean Moxey is available after missing the last three games with a foot injury and he could return at left-back, with Tim Ream moving back into the middle alongside either Matt Mills or David Wheater, the latter of whom can also play on the right.

Mark Davies is closing in on a return from a fractured toe, but won't feature against the Seagulls, so Medo Kamara and Liam Trotter will battle it out to start alongside Jay Spearing in midfield.

Liam Feeney, Lee Chung-Yong and Robert Hall will all want to start on the wing, with Andy Kellett also closing in on a return, while Craig Davies and Joe Mason should continue their partnership in attack, with Jermaine Beckford on the bench.

As well as the aforementioned absentees of McNaughton and Mark Davies, Wanderers will be without the services of Marc Tierney (broken leg) and Sanmi Odelusi (cruciate ligament). Keith Andrews, Joe Riley and Alex Baptiste are all out on loan at other clubs.

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia looks set to hand a debut to Joe Bennett, who joined the club on loan from Aston Villa during the week.

Bennett may start the game at left-back, after moving to the Seagulls for the duration of the season, while home debuts may also be handed to the trio of Joao Teixeira, Danny Holla and Paddy McCourt.

Andrew Crofts is available after sitting out the previous three games through suspension.

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

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