Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday

  • October 14, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's quest for a goal continues when they host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, looking to avoid yet more all-time English football records.

Having fallen to defeat in their opening five league outings at Macron Stadium so far this season, Wanderers will become only the third team in EFL history to lose their opening six should they be beaten by the Owls.

Watford's team of 1990/91 were the last team to hit that unwanted milestone, having lost their first six home league games, although the national record goes to the previous incarnation of Newport County, who lost their opening seven back in 1970/71.

After improved displays against both Bristol City and Aston Villa prior to the international break, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson will be boosted by the return to fitness of several key names as he looks to get his side's campaign back on track.

Josh Vela is expected to make his first appearance since August, having recovered from the ankle injury which forced him out of the opening-day loss to Leeds United.

Derik Osede and Ben Alnwick are also back in contention, while Stephen Darby could take up a place on the bench after featuring for the development squad on Monday.

Sammy Ameobi received his first outing of the campaign last time out and showed no ill-effects of the knee injury he suffered in pre-season, so he could feature in a more advanced role behind Gary Madine in attack.

Karl Henry and Jeff King are also hoping to take up places in midfield, although there will be no room for Will Buckley, who continues to miss out through injury.

Meanwhile, the fitness of Josh Cullen will be monitored after he featured for Republic of Ireland under-21's during the international schedule.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Turner, Little, A Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Robinson, Osede, Darby, Wheater, Burke, Vela, Karacan, Ameobi, Noone, Cullen, Pratley, Morais, Henry, King, Perry, Earing, White, Le Fondre, Madine, Wilbraham, Armstrong

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Shrewsbury Town 26 30
16 Cambridge United 25 30
17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
18 Lincoln City 25 28
19 Fleetwood Town 25 28
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