Huddersfield Town v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • December 27, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton bring the curtain down on a turbulent year on Sunday, when they cross the Pennines for a game against Huddersfield Town.

In what will be the 100th competitive meeting between the two clubs, Wanderers go into the game knowing victory will see them move into the top-half of the Championship table - for 48 hours, at least.

Neil Lennon's side are unbeaten in their last eight games, a run which includes a 1-0 victory against the Terriers last month, but the Bolton boss continues to operate with a paper-thin squad which is severely lacking in attacking options.

After fielding Liam Feeney and Robert Hall as so-called 'fake' strikers in the recent wins against Millwall and Blackburn Rovers, Lennon looks set to recall Craig Davies after he recovered from a hamstring injury.

Davies could go straight back into the starting line-up, with Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey beginning the afternoon on the substitutes' bench.

Darren Pratley will be assessed ahead of kick-off, after taking a number of blows on Boxing Day, while Neil Danns' could be given a rest after a below-par display against Rovers. Jay Spearing and Liam Trotter will both be hoping to force their way into Lennon's plans, while Medo Kamara could come in from the cold after failing to make a matchday squad since October.

Tim Ream, Dorian Dervite, Matt Mills and Josh Vela should continue to provide protection for Andy Lonergan's goal, although David Wheater could be given an opportunity as Bolton aim to halt the physical style of Huddersfield's attack.

Speaking of that attack, Town boss Chris Powell could be without the services of Grant Holt, who was forced off during their 2-2 draw at Rotherham United on Friday.

Oscar Gobern replaced Holt at the New York Stadium, with the on-loan Wigan Athletic forward set to return to his parent club at the end of the year.

James Vaughan recently returned from a lengthy injury absence and made his first start since September last time out, but is likely to begin the game on the bench after playing 78 minutes less than 48 hours prior to 2014's final round of fixtures.

Nahki Wells and Sean Scannell could be the main options in attack, while former Wanderers forward Danny Ward may also come into consideration.

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

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