Team News: Brentford v Bolton Wanderers

  • January 13, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton return to league action for the first time since New Year's Day, when they make the long journey to Brentford on Saturday afternoon.

Having opened 2018 with victory at home to Hull City, Wanderers were eliminated from the FA Cup last time out having suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town at Macron Stadium.

After breaking all kinds of records - both good and bad - over the last few seasons, Phil Parkinson's side have the opportunity to make headlines for all the right reasons, knowing a win at Griffin Park would provide them with three consecutive three-point hauls at this level for the first time since April 2014.

Victory at Sheffield United a fortnight ago ended a run of 37 away games without success in the second tier. The last time any Bolton team won back-to-back Championship outings also arrived in April 2014 - when a team managed by Dougie Freedman picked up maximum points at both Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers.

The future of Gary Madine has been a hot topic of conversation in the week leading up to the game, with Wanderers confirming they have turned down two separate bids from Cardiff City for the forward's services.

Despite the ongoing tabloid talk, Madine is expected to start in the capital, although the likes of Adam Le Fondre, Aaron Wilbraham and Connor Hall are in contention to feature as well.

Wanderers remain without both Karl Henry (hamstring) and captain Darren Pratley (broken leg). With Josh Cullen returning to West Ham United following the expiry of his loan deal, Derik Osede could return to the midfield after scoring against Huddersfield last time out, where he could be partnered in a holding role by Josh Vela.

Harry Charsley arrived on loan from Everton on Thursday and could be thrown straight in, although the likes of Filipe Morais, Sammy Ameobi and a returning Will Buckley could see the Republic of Ireland youth international being eased in from the substitutes' bench.

Like the aforementioned Cullen, Reece Burke has also returned to West Ham. Parkinson remains hopeful of re-signing the duo for the remainder of the campaign, but their absence means David Wheater should line up alongside Mark Beevers at the heart of the defence.

Dorian Dervite, Stephen Darby, Chris Taylor and Jem Karacan all remain out-of-favour and aren't expected to be considered, with the Wanderers boss reportedly ready to move players on during the January transfer window.

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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20 AFC Wimbledon 32 30
21 Tranmere Rovers 30 23
22 Southend United 32 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 29 11
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