Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • August 29, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Leeds United begin life after Dave Hockaday on Saturday, with former Bolton midfielder Neil Redfearn in charge for the visit of Wanderers to Elland Road.

Hockaday was sacked on Thursday evening, just six games into his reign at the club - having won two and lost four of his fixtures in charge. Redfearn, who began his playing career at Bolton in 1982, will be hoping to get off to a bright start as the Championship enters the final round of matches before the international break.

Like Redfearn, Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman has history with Saturday's opponents - having played for Leeds during a brief loan spell in 2008.

As he prepares to face his former side, Freedman may decide to call upon another ex-United forward - after Jermaine Beckford scored twice to seal a League Cup victory over Crewe Alexandra in midweek.

Beckford is competing against Joe Mason and Craig Davies for a starting role, while Conor Wilkinson is also in contention for a place in the matchday squad.

Marc Tierney and Dean Moxey continue to miss out, so Tim Ream is expected to start at left-back, while Kevin McNaughton remains doubtful with a hamstring strain. Hayden White and Oscar Threlkeld will both be hoping to earn starting roles, having each played for the first-team in the last week.

Adam Bogdan could return after suffering from concussion in the defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend, although Andy Lonergan's Man of the Match performance at the Alexandra Stadium could see him face his former employers.

Mark Davies won't be risked until after the international break, as he continues to recover from a fractured toe, while Liam Trotter will be out until mid-November after tearing his hamstring last time out.

Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara are likely to start, although Neil Danns and Darren Pratley will both be hoping to take to the field.

Leeds caretaker boss Redfearn, who is the 6/1 fourth favourite to take the job on a permanent basis at www.thefreebetguide.com, has taken on the task of restoring confidence to a side knocked out of the League Cup at Bradford City on Wednesday night, and could hand a debut to Denmark international Casper Sloth.

However, he will be without the services of Luke Murphy and Sam Byram, who are both missing through suspension, while Rodolph Austin is struggling with a hamstring injury that ruled him out of the defeat at Valley Parade.

Gaetano Berardi is doubtful, as he recovers from concussion, while there will be no places for Souleymane Doukara, Aidy White and Steve Morrison, who are all out injured.

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

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