Team News: Brighton & Hove Albion v Bolton Wanderers

  • February 12, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton make their longest trip of the season on Saturday, when they face off against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

After moving off the bottom of the Championship with victory over Rotherham United last time out, Wanderers know a first away win of the season could see them move to within a point of safety, just weeks after appearing to be cast adrift at the foot of the table.

History isn't in favour of Neil Lennon's side, however, who have failed to win on three previous visits to the Amex, while a 2-1 success at the Goldstone Ground in October 1977 remains the Trotters' only three-point haul in eight outings in Brighton.

The visitors will be boosted by the return of Zach Clough, who has recovered from a hip injury that has caused him to miss each of the club's last six games in all competitions.

Neil Danns is also available after overcoming a stomach virus, although the number of names on the absent list has failed to come down after Dean Moxey and Liam Trotter were added.

Moxey has struggled to train all week as a result of a dead leg and has been ruled out of the weekend game, while Trotter looks set to miss around three weeks of action after suffering a small tear to his hamstring.

With Rob Holding and Dorian Dervite likely to start at the heart of the Wanderers' defence, with Josh Vela continuing to fill the void at right-back, a position has opened up on the left for the likes of Derik Osede, Lawrie Wilson, Alex Finney and Niall Maher, all of whom have been included in the matchday squad, while Filip Twardzik may also be handed a rare opportunity.

Jay Spearing's return to form should see him retain his place in midfield, with Mark Davies and Darren Pratley starting alongside him, with Liam Feeney and Wellington Silva set to fill the wide roles.

Clough is also likely to start, as he hopes to fire the club to safety, with Kaiyne Woolery a possible inclusion from the substitutes' bench.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton will hope to have Beram Kayal available for the visit of Bolton, despite the midfielder coming off at half-time in last week's 3-0 victory over Brentford with a groin problem.

Liam Ridgewell will make his final appearance of a spell on loan from Portland Timbers, although Gaetan Bong (thigh) and Liam Rosenior (groin) have been ruled out.

Dale Stephens, who was born in Bolton and netted in this season's reverse outing at Macron Stadium, could also be handed a starting role, while joint top scorers Bobby Zamora and Tomer Hemed are both pushing to be involved from the off.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Rachubka, Dervite, Osede, Wilson, Finney, Holding, Maher, Vela, Feeney, Spearing, Davies, Danns, Pratley, Silva, Twardzik, Woolery, Walker, Clough, Heskey, Dobbie

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