Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • September 19, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to build on their midweek victory over Rotherham United, when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

After a six-game winless start to the new Championship season, Wanderers picked up three vital points against the Millers to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

Saturday's opponents, meanwhile, are in the midst of a five-game unbeaten league run and find themselves up in 4th position on their return to the division - following their League One title-winning campaign last season.

Bolton travel to Molineux boosted by the signing of former Crewe Alexandra forward Max Clayton. The 20-year-old left Alex following the expiration of his contract in June and linked up with the Trotters on Thursday, after they agreed a compensation package with the Railwaymen.

Following impressive performances from Craig Davies and Joe Mason against Rotherham, in a game which saw the latter net a hat-trick, Clayton is likely to start the afternoon alongside Jermaine Beckford on the substitutes' bench.

Andy Lonergan is expected to start, after feeling no ill-effects of the challenge that left him prostrate on the ground last time out. Adam Bogdan continues to miss out with a fractured finger, so Paddy Kenny should take a place on the bench after completing his move to the club on Friday.

Kevin McNaughton has recovered from injury and illness and will return to the squad, which could provide Tim Ream with the opportunity to move back into the heart of the Wanderers defence.

Ream has played at right-back in each of Bolton's previous two games, although he could also take the place of Dean Moxey on the other side of the backline.

Mark Davies is set to be rested, having played two games in a week following his return from injury, so Medo Kamara could partner Jay Spearing in midfield. Liam Feeney and Lee Chung-Yong impressed as second-half substitutes against Rotherham and are likely to come into contention for starting roles.

As previously mentioned, Bolton will be without Bogdan for their trip to the Midlands. Dougie Freedman will also be unable to call upon the services of Marc Tierney (broken leg), David Wheater (back), Liam Trotter (hamstring) and Sanmi Odelusi (knee), while Hayden White leaves the squad after joining Carlisle United on a one-month loan deal.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has been tipped to name the same side that drew 1-1 at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night, although Tommy Rowe could make his debut for the club after recovering from the broken toe he suffered during pre-season.

Bakary Sako leads the club's goalscoring charts this season, with three strikes to his name thus far, although Nouha Dicko could be the biggest threat after scoring twice from midfield already this campaign.

Club captain, and former Bolton defender, Sam Ricketts has yet to feature in league competition this season, but could get an outing against his ex-employers on his first return to Macron Stadium since leaving in the summer of 2013.

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

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22 Rotherham United 46 40
23 Bolton Wanderers 46 32
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