Team News: Sheffield United v Bolton Wanderers

  • December 30, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will hit an unwanted milestone on Saturday, when their trip to Sheffield United falls exactly 1,000 days after their last Championship away victory.

Wanderers supporters have to cast their minds back to April 6, 2015, for their last three-point haul at this level - when Eidur Gudjohnsen and a brace from Craig Davies gave Neil Lennon's side a 3-0 win at Cardiff City.

In the 37 attempts since that day, the Trotters have drawn 10 and lost 27 of their fixtures on the road in the second tier, while last season's corresponding League One encounter against their weekend opponents also ended in defeat.

Manager Phil Parkinson has a number of selection worries ahead of the trip to Bramall Lane, with Sammy Ameobi, Will Buckley and Craig Noone set to face late fitness tests after picking up knocks over the Christmas period.

Ameobi suffered a knee complaint against Cardiff City last weekend and aggravated the issue at Middlesbrough on Boxing Day, while Buckley is a major doubt due to a thigh injury.

Noone has yet to hit top form since his arrival earlier in the year and may have to settle for a place amongst the substitutes, but there is unlikely to be a place for Andrew Taylor after he suffered a recurrence of a calf injury in the Boxing Day defeat at the Riverside Stadium.

Parkinson has challenged Adam Le Fondre to earn a place in his matchday squad, having failed to make the 18 in each of the last four games, but Gary Madine is expected to retain his place in attack, with extra support coming from midfield in the shape of Josh Vela.

Darren Pratley appears to have recovered from a minor complaint of his own so should partner Karl Henry in midfield, ahead of both Antonee Robinson and Mark Little who have also played through the pain barrier in recent weeks.

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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Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 80
8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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