Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday

  • September 15, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton play host to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, looking to secure back-to-back wins for the first time in 2015.

Neil Lennon's side were 2-1 victors over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, lifting them out of the Championship's relegation zone, whilst also leapfrogging the Owls ahead of the latest meeting between the sides at Macron Stadium.

Bolton have won successive games just twice since Lennon succeeded Dougie Freedman 11 months ago, with the most recent occasion providing victories over Millwall and Blackburn Rovers in December of last year.

Part of Wanderers' relative consistency in recent weeks has been down to the fact that Lennon has been able to field a side with few changes between fixtures, but he will be forced into one alteration from the weekend as Neil Danns looks certain to miss out after picking up a concussion last time out.

Josh Vela came on in place of Danns in that game and could be handed a first start in a month, while Jay Spearing will also come into contention for a recall and first appearance since August 15.

Dorian Dervite is eligible after serving a one-match ban for his sending off at Blackburn Rovers before the international break, but he faces a fortnight on the sidelines after suffering ligament damage in training.

His absence is likely to see Derik Osede continue alongside Prince-Desir Gouano in defence, with Dean Moxey and Lawrie Wilson completing the backline that provides cover for Ben Amos' goal.

Gary Madine will come up against his former club for the first time. The 25-year-old played 113 times for Wednesday between 2011 and 2015, scoring 28 goals, but has yet to find the target in competitive action since completing a summer move to Bolton.

David Wheater and Max Clayton featured in the development squad's 2-0 victory over Millwall on Monday, but aren't expected back in first-team action until October, so they will continue to watch on from the sidelines - along with Darren Pratley (ankle) and Tom Eaves (hip).

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has confirmed 19-year-old Joe Wildsmith will start in goal against Wanderers, having deputised in the weekend defeat at Burnley for the injured Keiren Westwood.

Daniel Pudil, Fernando Forestieri and former Trotters loanee Barry Bannan look set to continue after making their Owls debuts at Turf Moor, while Michael Turner, Jose Semedo and Jeremy Helan are all pushing for starting roles.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Rachubka, Gouano, Moxey, Osede, Casado, Wilson, White, Finney, Taylor, Wassi, Vela, Feeney, Spearing, Davies, Silva, Twardzik, Woolery, Ceberio, Walker, Kamara, Clough, Madine, Heskey, Dobbie

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Pos Team Pld Pts
6 Cambridge United 3 6
7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
9 Portsmouth 3 5
10 Accrington Stanley 3 5
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