Team News: Reading v Bolton Wanderers

  • August 18, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton face the Championship's bottom club on Saturday, as they put their unbeaten league record on the line at Reading.

Despite suffering defeat in the Carabao Cup at Leeds United on Tuesday, Phil Parkinson's side travel to the Madejski Stadium in high spirits - after a win and a draw from their opening two games put them amongst the early contenders for a play-off position.

In fact, should they avoid defeat, Wanderers will go three games unbeaten at the start of a season at this level for the first time since 2000/01, when Sam Allardyce's team went on to clinch promotion to the Premier League.

There is an awful long way to go, however, and the Trotters go into their weekend game rocked by the blow that Adam Le Fondre - a former Reading player - has left to join Australian side Sydney FC on a permanent basis.

Le Fondre's departure leaves Josh Magennis, Clayton Donaldson and Connor Hall as the only attacking options, with Donaldson available following injury and Hall fresh from making his senior debut at Elland Road in midweek.

Erhun Oztumer made a goalscoring debut last time out and could be handed a first league start since his summer arrival from Walsall, while the fitness of Sammy Ameobi continues to be monitored as his recovers from a hip complaint.

Jake Turner has joined Stalybridge Celtic on loan until January, meaning Remi Matthews will provide the backup for Ben Alnwick in goal.

Marc Wilson and Jack Hobbs started in defence at Leeds, although Parkinson is expected to revert to his preferred backline of Andrew Taylor, Mark Beevers, David Wheater and Pawel Olkowski.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Matthews, Williams, Little, Taylor, Beevers, Hobbs, Olkowski, Wilson, Darby, Grounds, Wheater, Lowe, Vela, Oztumer, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Murphy, O'Neil, Wildschut, Donaldson, Magennis, Hall

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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
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
0.28% Craig Noone