Team News: Millwall v Bolton Wanderers

  • August 12, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton come up against fellow promoted side Millwall on Saturday, when both sides go in search of their first league win of the season at The Den.

Following defeat to Leeds United in their opening game, Wanderers came from behind to win at Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, while the Lions bounced back from a loss at Nottingham Forest with a 2-0 victory over Stevenage to secure their progress in the same cup competition.

Phil Parkinson will take charge of Bolton for the first time in a Championship away fixture, looking to put an end to an unwanted record accumulated by his predecessors Neil Lennon and Jimmy Phillips - with the Trotters winless on the road in their last 25 outings at this level.

Parkinson will take heart from the fact that he guided Wanderers to two comfortable victories over their weekend opponents last season, including a 2-0 win at The Den last October, while the stadium has been a lucky charm in recent times - with Bolton having won on four of their last six visits.

After lining up at Crewe in midweek with 10 changes to the side that started on opening day, Bolton will await the results of fitness checks ahead of kick-off, after a virus began to circulate over the past fortnight.

Club captain Darren Pratley, who was forced out of the Leeds game due to said virus, returned at the Alexandra Stadium and could take the place of Josh Vela in midfield, as he begins a spell on the sidelines with a potentially long-term ankle injury.

David Wheater is also out of contention, having suffered a recurrence of an old back problem last weekend, so Reece Burke should come into the defence alongside Dorian Dervite and former Millwall skipper Mark Beevers.

Filipe Morais came off the bench to assist Derik Osede's winner at Crewe but both look set to be named as substitutes, with Morais still working his way back to full fitness having missed the entire pre-season schedule.

Sammy Ameobi, who netted in last October's win in the capital, continues to miss out, opening the door of opportunity for the likes of Will Buckley, Josh Cullen and Jack Earing, while both Stephen Darby and Mark Little are pushing a claim for a place at wing-back.

Mark Howard, Andrew Taylor, Jem Karacan, Adam Le Fondre and Gary Madine, who were all rested last time out, are expected to reclaim their places from the off.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Little, A Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Robinson, Osede, Darby, Burke, Brockbank, Lonsdale, C Taylor, Karacan, Buckley, Cullen, Pratley, Morais, Earing, White, Le Fondre, Madine, Wilbraham, Armstrong

Sky Bet Championship Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Birmingham City 46 46
20 Reading 46 44
21 Bolton Wanderers 46 43
22 Barnsley 46 41
23 Burton Albion 46 41
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Who is Bolton's 2017/18 Player of the Year?
53.85% Ben Alnwick
13.11% Sammy Ameobi
10.49% Karl Henry
8.39% Antonee Robinson
4.98% David Wheater
3.41% Mark Beevers
2.1% Mark Little
1.84% Josh Vela
1.57% Darren Pratley
0.26% Reece Burke