Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion

  • September 25, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton face the Championship leaders on Saturday, when they play host to Brighton & Hove Albion at Macron Stadium.

After tasting a heavy defeat at Huddersfield Town last time out, Wanderers return to action under somewhat of an injury crisis - with only Gary Madine and Stephen Dobbie fully fit in attack, while central defensive options are also severely stretched.

Having lost Dorian Dervite to a ligament injury a fortnight ago, Derik Osede deputised for the Frenchman at the John Smith's Stadium but is now unavailable after seeing red late on against the Terriers, with The FA serving him with a one-match suspension for the visit of the latest Championship tips for promotion.

Prince-Desir Gouano was taken ill at half-time during that same game, but returned to the play to complete 90 minutes and is expected to continue against Albion. David Wheater could make his first appearance of the season alongside him, although manager Neil Lennon may have to call upon the services of Alex Finney, Quade Taylor or Rob Holding in case of emergency.

At the other end of the field, Max Clayton will be included in the squad for the first time since rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament last December, but Emile Heskey is a major doubt after suffering a hamstring strain last weekend.

Mark Davies will continue to captain the side in the absence of Darren Pratley, who continues to miss out with an ankle problem sustained in the opening day draw against Derby County.

Francesco Pisano and Jose Manuel Casado are close to full fitness and may get the opportunity to press their claims for a first-team place prior to the upcoming international break.

Brighton go into the game knowing anything but defeat would see them set a new club record points tally after the first nine games of a season - surpassing the total they set in both 1953 and 1977. See if they can make history by placing a bet with ComeOn Sports.

Chris Hughton's side are undefeated in league action so far, with their only loss coming at Walsall in the second round of the League Cup in August.

They travel to Macron Stadium with an almost entirely fit squad to choose from, with Tomer Hemed facing a late fitness test after leaving the field during their goalless draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend with a hamstring injury.

Sam Baldock missed that game with a concussion but looks set to return against the Trotters, while Uwe Hunemeier is available after recovering from a hip problem.

Kazenga Lua Lua has hit four goals already this season, matching the total he achieved in the entirity of the previous campaign, and he looks set to be the focal point of the Brighton attack against a depleted Wanderers backline.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Rachubka, Gouano, Moxey, Casado, Pisano, Wilson, Wheater, White, Finney, Taylor, Holding, Maher, Vela, Feeney, Spearing, Davies, Trotter, Danns, Silva, Twardzik, Woolery, Walker, Kamara, Clayton, Madine, Dobbie

Sky Bet League Two Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Tranmere Rovers 3 2
21 Oldham Athletic 3 0
22 Bolton Wanderers 3 0
23 Grimsby Town 2 0
24 Southend United 3 0
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