Team News: Derby County v Bolton Wanderers

  • April 07, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton return to the scene of their darkest day in recent memory on Saturday, when they face Derby County at Pride Park.

Two years to the very weekend since their last visit, on which a 4-1 defeat confirmed their relegation to League One, Wanderers desperately require points to boost their survival chances this time around, after back-to-back losses have left them looking anxiously over their shoulders.

Tuesday's 1-0 reversal at home to Birmingham City means Phil Parkinson's side now hold the unenviable record as the Championship's worst away team - having collected just 11 points on the road all season - but the Rams aren't in the best of form themselves, having lost each of their last two games on home soil.

Bolton's hopes of causing an upset have taken a huge blow ahead of kick-off, after Jan Kirchhoff was ruled out with a fresh injury concern.

Kirchhoff was a 75th minute substitute for Karl Henry in Wanderers' midweek clash with Birmingham but pulled up within moments of his introduction with a hamstring problem.

The aforementioned Henry, who also complained of tightness in his hamstring in that game, has been declared fit to play, but there will be no place for captain Darren Pratley, who continues to miss out with an ongoing leg issue.

Chairman Ken Anderson has been hugely critical of players in recent days, so the likes of Craig Noone, Jem Karacan, Antonee Robinson and Mark Little could all come back into the reckoning should Parkinson decide to switch system, while Connor Hall is pushing for a first senior start after scoring his 20th goal of the season for the under-23 squad in the week.

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22 Southend United 19 6
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