Fulham v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • October 01, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Fulham on Wednesday night, for a game which is already being labelled as a potential relegation six-pointer.

Both Wanderers and the Cottagers have one win to their name so far this season and lie 22nd and 23rd in the Championship, respectively.

A win would take Dougie Freedman's side out of the bottom three although, to do so, they must win a league game at Craven Cottage for the first time since November 1992.

Freedman has no new injury worries to contend with, but is expected to make changes from the weekend defeat to Derby County - after seeing his side tactically taken apart by the Rams.

Jay Spearing and Joe Mason were recalled after missing last week's League Cup defeat at Chelsea, although Kevin McNaughton could be replaced by Chris Herd after his recovery from a minor injury.

Tim Ream could return after sitting out the weekend defeat, with Dean Moxey and Dorian Dervite susceptible to being left out, while Max Clayton could be in contention for a place on the bench as he waits to make his debut in a Wanderers shirt.

Adam Bogdan (finger), David Wheater (back), Marc Tierney (broken leg) and Sanmi Odelusi are the main injury absentees, while Darren Pratley is a yellow card away from a one-match suspension.

Fulham's solitary league win of the campaign came at Birmingham City at the weekend, so caretaker manager Kit Symons may decide to name an unchanged side for the visit of Bolton.

One change that may happen could see Kostas Stafylidis return to the side, after he was introduced as a half-time substitute in the game at St Andrew's.

Matt Smith is likely to be on the bench after recently returning from a three-match ban, but the home side will be without the injured Adam Taggart and suspended Shaun Hutchinson.

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, Herd, Lester, Woodland, Kellett, Kamara, Mason, Beckford, Clayton, C Davies, Eaves, Clough, Youngs, Iliev, Knight

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