Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • October 31, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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The eyes of a nation will be watching on this Friday, as Bolton face Norwich City in front of the Sky Sports television cameras.

Wanderers travel to Carrow Road having won two of their three games since Neil Lennon's appointment as manager three weeks ago, but they will come up against tough opposition in the form of the Canaries - who could go top of the Championship with victory on their home turf.

Bolton have lost on their previous two visits to Norwich, with their last win coming in November 2000 - when goals from Michael Ricketts and Gudni Bergsson left Sam Allardyce's Wanderers side occupying 4th place in the Division One table, in a campaign which saw them win promotion to the Premier League.

Nearly 14 years since the events of that afternoon, the current Wanderers squad make the long trip to Norfolk in the knowledge that victory will lift them out of the relegation zone.

They were impressive 3-1 winners against Brentford last weekend and there are no fresh injury concerns for the Bolton boss, who is expected to make minor changes to the side that started against the Bees.

Mark Davies came off the bench to score last time out and could start ahead of Darren Pratley in midfield, while Craig Davies, also a goalscorer in last weekend's win, could be promoted from the substitutes' bench.

Lennon started with both Jermaine Beckford and Joe Mason against Brentford, but has set his teams up with just one forward in his previous two away outings to date. Should he make a return to a 4-2-3-1 formation, Beckford is the most likely candidate to play from the off - in what would be his 50th appearance for the club.

Max Clayton scored for the development squad during the week and is likely to be on the bench, where he could be joined by David Wheater and Liam Trotter - who are fit again after respective injuries.

Medo Kamara is back in contention after overcoming fatigue issues caused by representing Sierra Leone on international duty, but there will be no place for Adam Bogdan - who is said to be around 10 days away from a return to training, after missing two months of action with a fractured finger.

Joining Bogdan on the treatment table is Chris Herd (Achilles), Sanmi Odelusi (knee) and former Canaries defender Marc Tierney (broken leg).

Norwich boss Neil Adams will be without the services of Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe for Friday's visit of Bolton, after the Belgian was forced off the field during their goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

Odjidja-Ofoe has suffered medial ligament damage in his knee and is expected to miss a number of weeks of playing time. He joins Wes Hoolahan, Ryan Bennett and Mark Bunn on the sidelines, all of whom are out with ankle injuries.

Kyle Lafferty is available following a recent suspension, while Gary Hooper, a forward recently linked with a loan move to Bolton, could line up against his potential suitors.

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

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