Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic - Preview

  • November 07, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton play host to Wigan Athletic on Friday, in a televised fixture which has more than just local pride riding on the result.

Despite recording three wins from their previous five games, Wanderers go into the game second-bottom from the Championship, but could move up as many as six places with victory over the Latics at Macron Stadium.

Wigan, meanwhile, have won just once in their last 11 outings and could drop into the relegation zone if results go against them over the course of the weekend.

Wanderers boss Neil Lennon will be forced into one change from the side that started against Cardiff City on Tuesday night, with Darren Pratley sitting out after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign.

Jay Spearing could take his place in midfield, should he recover in time from a minor hamstring problem, while Liam Trotter is also available after returning from a similar problem of his own.

Mark Davies was forced off the field with double vision on Tuesday night, but could play after returning to full training on Thursday - with Lee Chung-Yong and Neil Danns also expected to start.

Kevin McNaughton is available after missing the game against Cardiff through ineligibility, but Josh Vela looks set to beat him and Oscar Threlkeld to a starting place at right-back.

David Wheater's return to fitness is unlikely to split the defensive partnership of Matt Mills and Dorian Dervite, while Tim Ream should get the nod to start at left-back, with Andy Lonergan continuing in goal.

Jermaine Beckford, Joe Mason and Max Clayton will all be hoping to feature in attack, although Craig Davies' Man of the Match performance last time out leaves Lennon with a difficult decision to make up top.

Bolton remain without the services of Adam Bogdan (fractured finger), Marc Tierney (broken leg) and Sanmi Odelusi (knee ligaments) - who will all join Pratley on the sidelines.

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler rested a number of key players for their midweek defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion, but is expected to field a strong side in a game which could go a long way to deciding whether he has a job on Monday morning.

Marc-Antoine Fortune looks set to start in attack, while Ben Watson and Chris McCann could make their first-team returns after long spells on the sidelines through injury.

Leon Barnett is available after suspension, but the Latics look set to be without the services of Ivan Ramis (hamstring), Emmerson Boyce (ankle) and Andy Delort (back).

Former Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi won't be present, after completing a one-month loan move to Brighton last week.

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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