Team News: Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers

  • September 19, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton put their unbeaten away record on the line this Wednesday, when they face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

For all their struggles at home so far this season, Phil Parkinson's side have enjoyed reasonable success on the road - picking up victories at West Bromwich Albion and Reading, as well as coming back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at Preston North End at the start of September.

Boro go into the midweek clash occupying 3rd place in the Championship but do so in unconvincing form, having followed up a goalless draw at Leeds United before the international break with defeat at Norwich City on Saturday.

Despite that, Tony Pulis' men could move to within a point of league leaders Leeds United with victory, while Wanderers could rise back into the top six if they were to pull off a surprise result.

They make the journey north rocked by the news that Stephen Darby has been forced into retirement, after receiving a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease.

Darby's last appearance for the club may have been some nine months ago but the close-knit squad assembled by the Trotters boss is bound to have been affected by news of the defender's off-field struggle.

In terms of injury news, Sammy Ameobi will be out for upwards of six weeks after injuring ankle ligaments against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, opening the door for the likes of Yanic Wildschut, Will Buckley and Craig Noone to push for an extended run in the team.

Andrew Taylor remains a doubt with the thigh strain suffered prior to the international break, meaning Jonathan Grounds could continue at left-back despite a below-par display last time out.

Names such as Mark Little, Marc Wilson, Josh Vela, Erhun Oztumer and Clayton Donaldson could come into contention as Parkinson considers rotating his players, while Josh Magennis could return in place of Christian Doidge after recovering from an injury picked out whilst training with Northern Ireland.

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

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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