Team News: Fulham v Bolton Wanderers

  • October 28, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will hope to put an end to an unwanted statistic on Saturday, when they look for a first league victory at Fulham in 25 years.

Not since November 1992 has a Wanderers team emerged with three points from a trip to Craven Cottage, with 15 journeys to the capital since then having yielded just four draws and a miserable 11 defeats - including the last four in succession, all without scoring a goal.

More worryingly for the Trotters, however, is the fact that they have failed to win on the road at Championship level in their last 31 attempts, dating back to April 2015 - when they were 3-0 victors at Cardiff City.

They go into the game in good form, though, having backed up a first league victory of the season over Sheffield Wednesday with a point at home to Queens Park Rangers last Saturday.

Manager Phil Parkinson used an under-23 game against Wednesday during the week to give several of his first-team players an opportunity to get minutes under their belts, a game which also saw Adam Le Fondre push his claim for a starting role by scoring from the penalty spot.

Josh Cullen, Derik Osede and Antonee Robinson also saw action at Macron Stadium on Monday, while on-loan defender Reece Burke suffered a hip strain that evening that makes him a doubt for the weekend.

Jem Karacan has sat out the previous two games having been granted time off for a family bereavement. He could come back into contention should a space open up in the squad, as could Will Buckley, who has completed a full week of training having recovered from an ongoing calf problem.

Chris Taylor (knee) remains on the sidelines, where he is expected to remain for another month, while Alex Perry is unavailable after joining non-league Sutton Coldfield on a one-month youth loan.

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

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20 AFC Wimbledon 33 31
21 Tranmere Rovers 32 26
22 Southend United 33 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 31 11
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