Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United - Preview

  • January 09, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton are in league action for the first time in 2015 on Saturday, when Leeds United are the visitors to Macron Stadium.

Wanderers began the year with an FA Cup victory over Wigan Athletic last weekend, while United were eliminated from the competition as a result of a 1-0 defeat at Sunderland.

Trotters boss Neil Lennon hasn't made too many changes to his side in recent weeks and is expected to stick with a similar 11 to the one that began against the Latics.

Matt Mills missed the cup tie last time out with an ankle injury, but is likely to return at the heart of the defence - with David Wheater the one expected to drop to the bench.

Josh Vela should continue to hold off competition from Kevin McNaughton to start at right-back, although the return of Joe Riley will boost the numbers available to the manager, while Tim Ream and Dorian Dervite should also retain their places.

Adam Bogdan impressed on his return to the team, as he kept a clean sheet against Wigan, but Andy Lonergan is almost certain to return in goal, with the former the subject of speculation linking him with a January move away from the club.

Robert Hall will miss the next fortnight after straining ligaments in his right ankle and with Lee Chung-Yong away on international duty, Zach Clough may receive a first league start of his senior career.

Craig Davies is pushing for a starting role, after coming off the bench to end a layoff with a hamstring strain last time out, but Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey are also hoping to get the nod.

Former Bolton defender Stephen Warnock is a major doubt on his return to Macron Stadium, having missed last weekend's defeat at the Stadium of Light with an ankle problem.

Jason Pearce is closing in on a return from a knee injury, although the game may come too soon for him to feature, but the likes of Giuseppe Bellusci, Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt could return after being rested against the Black Cats.

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

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