Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town - Preview

  • December 12, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will go in search of a fifth straight home win on Saturday, when Ipswich Town, who are unbeaten in seven, are the visitors to Macron Stadium.

Since Neil Lennon's arrival as manager in October, Wanderers have emerged victorious in all games on their home patch, but they will face their most difficult challenge to date when 2nd-placed Ipswich make the long journey north.

Eidur Gudjohnsen, who returned for a second spell with the Trotters last week, is expected to make his first appearance for the club in 14 years, after confirmation came through that Craig Davies will miss the game with a hamstring strain.

Gudjohnsen's last game for Wanderers was against the Tractor Boys in May 2000 and he will be hoping to repeat his personal exploits of that day, when he was on the scoresheet in a 2-2 draw on the same ground.

Conor Wilkinson and Joe Mason are also in contention to start in Davies' absence, although Lennon may also look at the possibility of moving Max Clayton into a central role to accomodate an extra winger into his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

Kevin McNaughton continues to miss out with a hamstring problem of his own, so Josh Vela should retain his place in an unchanged back-four - providing protection for Andy Lonergan, who be making his 50th appearance in a Bolton shirt.

Neil Danns, Darren Pratley, Liam Feeney and Lee Chung-Yong are all set to continue in midfield, with club captain Jay Spearing remaining on the substitutes' bench.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy knows that victory on the road could see them move to the top of the Championship at the weekend, but, if they are to do that, they will have to make do without the services of Luke Hyam and Stephen Hunt, who are missing through injury and illness, respectively.

Hunt has been struggling with a virus all week and Hyam is unlikely to feature because of an Achilles injury, but the news is more positive for Noel Hunt - who returns to the squad after being ineligible for last weekend's victory over parent club Leeds United.

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

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