Bolton Wanderers v Watford - Preview

  • February 13, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton could jump into the top half of the Championship table on Saturday, when they play host to promotion-chasing Watford at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers came from behind to secure a first victory in six games on Tuesday night, beating Fulham 3-1 on home soil, and now have their sights set firmly on a top-10 finish - despite finding themselves just two points above 18th-placed Fulham going into the weekend fixtures.

Much like he did in midweek, Neil Lennon will be without a number of key players for the visit of the Hornets and could provide his recent recruits with an opportunity to earn a place in his team.

Barry Bannan, Saidy Janko and Adam Le Fondre have all impressed in their brief time at the club, while Filip Twardzik and Simeon Slavchev are also getting to grips with their new surroundings.

Football League rules state clubs may only name five loanees in their matchday squad of 18, so two from Bannan, Janko, Le Fondre, Slavchev, Rochinha, Ben Amos and Kevin McNaughton will be forced to sit on the sidelines - with McNaughton and Rochinha the most likely to miss out.

Bolton are waiting to hear whether Matt Mills will be fit enough to return to the team, after sitting out the last two games with a knee injury. Dorian Dervite and David Wheater will stand in if he fails to prove his fitness in training, as they make up a back-four also consisting of Tim Ream and, potentially, Josh Vela.

Craig Davies, Mark Davies, Darren Pratley, Adam Bogdan, Max Clayton, Marc Tierney, Liam Trotter and Emile Heskey are all on the treatment table, so Lennon could name a side similar to the one that started against last time out.

Zach Clough may start the game, with Eidur Gudjohnsen's exploits in midweek seeing him earn a rest, while Robert Hall and Dean Moxey will also be hoping to be handed starting roles on the left flank.

Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic will hand a late fitness test to Gianna Munari, who missed Tuesday's 2-1 victory at Brentford with a foot injury.

He returned to training on Thursday, so will be assessed ahead of kick-off, but there will be no place for Sean Murray as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

Odion Ighalo has scored 11 goals in his last seven Championship games and looks certain to start at Macron Stadium, with the duo of Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra also pushing for starting positions in the Watford attack.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, McNaughton, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Wheater, Taylor, Threlkeld, Sellers, Matthews, Feeney, Hall, Danns, Rochinha, Vela, Hughes, Twardzik, Bannan, Lester, Woodland, Slavchev, Janko, Walker, Le Fondre, Gudjohnsen, Eaves, Clough, Iliev, Knight

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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