Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • November 21, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will take a sold-out allocation of supporters to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, as they face the Championship's bottom club - Blackpool.

Tickets for the short trip across Lancashire have been unavailable for more than a fortnight, as followers of the club head to the seaside in expectant mood - after a run of four wins from six games lifted them out of the relegation zone.

The two games in that run that didn't end in victory were Wanderers' previous two away outings, both of which ended in defeat.

Neil Lennon will be hoping to arrest that problem, but has been hit by a major injury problem ahead of the fixture after news broke that Mark Davies is unlikely to play again until March.

Davies suffered a knee injury in training on Monday and, after being sent for precautionary scans, results have shown he is likely to require surgery to correct the problem.

His absence could see a return for Darren Pratley, who missed the 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic through suspension, although the likes of Robert Hall, Liam Trotter, Owen Garvan and Andy Hughes could force their way into the matchday squad.

Adam Bogdan is available after recovering from the finger injury which has kept him sidelined since August, but Andy Lonergan is expected to continue in goal after his recent run of impressive performances between the sticks.

Josh Vela may continue to hold off competition from Kevin McNaughton and Oscar Threlkeld to start at right-back, in what could be an unchanged back-four that also consists of Matt Mills, Dorian Dervite and Tim Ream.

Jay Spearing is fit again, after struggling with a hamstring problem before the international break, and could return in midfield, while Medo Kamara will be assessed after returning from duty with Sierra Leone.

Jermaine Beckford's loan move to Preston North End means Craig Davies is all-but guaranteed a starting role in attack, with Max Clayton and Lee Chung-Yong also occupying roles just behind him.

Blackpool boss Lee Clark could hand a debut to former Bolton midfielder Chris Eagles, who joined the Seasiders on a two-month contract this week.

Eagles had been without a club since leaving Wanderers at the end of last season, but, having gone nine months without a competitive first-team fixture, he may have to settle for a place on the bench until he has proved his fitness.

Club captain Tony McMahon sits out the second of a three-match ban, while Jose Cubero, Gary MacKenzie and Oriol brothers - Joan and Edu - are all on the treatment table.

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

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