Millwall v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • December 19, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton could temporarily jump up four places in the Championship table on Friday night, when they make the long trip to Millwall.

With all other second-tier fixtures taking place on Saturday, Wanderers have the opportunity to rise above Huddersfield Town, Reading, Birmingham City and Fulham - which they will do if they secure victory at The Den.

Millwall, meanwhile, will achieve the same feat with a positive result themselves, as they trail Neil Lennon's side on goal difference going into the game.

Lennon will take an injury-depleated squad to the capital, with Eidur Gudjohnsen and Conor Wilkinson the only senior forwards available to him.

Wilkinson made his first Championship start in last weekend's goalless draw against Ipswich Town and is expected to get the nod to start ahead of Gudjohnsen, presenting him with the chance to face his former employers - 18 months after rejecting terms on a first professional contract, before joining the Trotters.

Gudjohnsen completed the final half-hour against the Tractor Boys and looks set to take a place on the bench, but Wanderers are without the services of Craig Davies, Joe Mason and Max Clayton. The latter, who joined the club from Crewe Alexandra in September, has been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Darren Pratley will be assessed ahead of kick-off, after suffering a concussion last time out, so Jay Spearing could force his way back into the team after coming off the bench on Saturday.

Josh Vela is pushing for a recall after recovering from a bout of flu, although David Wheater's impressive display against Ipswich will give the Bolton boss a welcome selection headache in defence. Matt Mills, Dorian Dervite and Tim Ream are all expected to retain their places.

Former Wanderers defender Danny Shittu made his first league start since November 8 in last Friday's 1-0 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion and he is likely to keep his place, with manager Ian Holloway debating whether to stick with the same team that won at the AMEX Stadium.

Lee Martin is doubtful because of a toe injury, while Nicky Baily and Carlos Edwards are both out with injury problems of their own.

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, Gudjohnsen, Wilkinson, Clough, Iliev, Knight

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