Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • March 20, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Six is the magic number, as Bolton prepare to face local rivals Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Wanderers make the short journey across Lancashire looking to end a run of six successive away defeats, while Latics will be hoping to put a halt to a run that has seen them lose their last six on home soil.

Malky Mackay's side go into the game six points adrift of safety, with relegation to League One looking a realistic prospect, while Neil Lennon will be looking to move further away from the drop zone on an afternoon where they will begin the match six places above their near neighbours.

The Bolton boss has received a triple injury boost ahead of the weekend fixture, with Adam Le Fondre, Saidy Janko and Emile Heskey all back in contention after missing the midweek defeat at Ipswich Town.

Le Fondre had been named on the bench at Portman Road, only to withdraw from the squad because of illness, while Janko and Heskey have been struggling with back and hamstring injuries, respectively.

Neil Danns sits out the final game of a two-match suspension, so Barry Bannan could be handed a recall after taking a well earned rest over the course of the last week.

Dorian Dervite was in fine form alongside Matt Mills last time out, but he is expected to make way for Paddy McCarthy to return to the team in a defence also consisting of Tim Ream and Josh Vela.

Adam Bogdan and Andy Lonergan are both fit and available for selection, although one will almost certainly miss out as Ben Amos prepares to start in goal for the final time before returning to Manchester United.

Wigan, meanwhile, will be without the services of James McClean for the visit of Bolton. Just like Danns on the opposing side, McClean sits out the final game of a two-match ban after picking up his 10th booking of the season last weekend.

Josh Murphy and Jerome Sinclair are in contention to make their full debuts for Latics, after coming off the bench in the midweek defeat to Watford, while Grant Holt and Emyr Huws will be out for the remainder of the campaign.

Former Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has come in for some criticism in recent games, after a number of costly errors begin to enter his game, but he is expected to start in goal as the home side look to avoid a hat-trick of defeats to Wanderers in the space of just four months.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Amos, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, White, Taylor, Threlkeld, Sellers, McCarthy, Matthews, Feeney, Hall, Trotter, Rochinha, Vela, Hughes, Twardzik, Bannan, Lester, Slavchev, Janko, Coke, Walker, Le Fondre, Heskey, Gudjohnsen, C Davies, Iliev, Knight

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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