Team News: Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers

  • March 30, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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The business end of the football season begins on Good Friday, when Bolton face Leeds United at a near-capacity Elland Road.

Prior to the recent international break, Wanderers moved up to 19th position - six points clear of the relegation zone - with victory over Aston Villa at Macron Stadium.

With three of the bottom five still to come for Phil Parkinson's side, the Trotters boss knows three-point hauls against teams further up the division will ease the pressure on his in-form team in the closing weeks of the campaign.

Recent omens aren't in favour of Bolton, however, who have gone six games without success over Leeds - a run dating back to March 2014 - while they have collected just 20 points from their last 52 away games at this level (W2 D14 L36).

Wanderers have drawn each of their last three on the road, though, and could take another step towards safety when they face United, who have picked up fewer points than any other Championship club since the turn of the year.

Parkinson does have some selection concerns ahead of the trip over the Pennines, with both Darren Pratley and Karl Henry doubts after picking up injuries in training over the past fortnight.

Pratley, who recently returned from a fractured leg, has been given an injection to ease nerve damage in the same area, while Henry has suffered a recurrence of the hamstring problem which kept him sidelined a number of weeks ago.

Jan Kirchhoff has recovered from a hamstring injury of his own and could slot into midfield, while Josh Vela and Derik Osede may also be given an opportunity to impress after finding themselves out of contention.

Reece Burke occupied a place further forward in the draw at Norwich City last month, giving Parkinson food for thought, especially with David Wheater chomping at the bit to return alongside Mark Beevers at the heart of the defence.

Jeff King is back available for selection after completing a brief loan spell at FC United of Manchester - for whom he netted a hat-trick last weekend - but Antonee Robinson will be assessed after returning to club duties on Thursday following his first call-up to the United States national team.

Robinson was an unused substitute as they registered a 1-0 win over Paraguay in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Turner, Little, A Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Flanagan, Robinson, Osede, Darby, Wheater, Burke, Vela, Karacan, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Charsley, Pratley, Morais, Henry, Kirchhoff, King, Le Fondre, Wilbraham, Walker, Hall, Clough, Obasi

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Sky Bet League Two Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Colchester United 23 30
16 Port Vale 25 29
17 Bolton Wanderers 24 28
18 Harrogate Town 22 26
19 Scunthorpe United 24 26
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34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
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