Team News: Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers

  • February 23, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Leeds United on Saturday, although one eye will be on events elsewhere as the battle to remain in the Championship intensifies.

Wanderers go into the weekend in 23rd position, three points adrift of both Reading and Rotherham United, who meet at the Madejski Stadium. Victory for either side, combined with defeat for the Trotters at Elland Road, would see Phil Parkinson's team six points shy of safety with 12 games left to play.

The odds are firmly stacked against Bolton, with Leeds two points off top-spot with a game in-hand, but they do have a point to prove after losing twice to United already this season in league and cup competition.

Parkinson is expected to make changes to the team that started in defeat to Norwich City last time out, with Wanderers looking to secure back-to-back away league wins for the first time since August - when they picked up maximum points from trips to West Bromwich Albion and Reading, respectively.

Remi Matthews conceded four against his former club last Saturday but is likely to retain his place ahead of Ben Williams, with Ben Alnwick a continued absentee due to ongoing issues with his knee and hip.

Marc Wilson remains out with a combination of hamstring and back injuries, while Yanic Wildschut isn't expected back until April as he recovers from surgery to correct ankle ligament damage.

Joe Williams made his first appearance of 2019 as a substitute against Norwich and could come back into the midfield, but there will be no place for academy starlet Luca Connell after he was struck down with a virus during the week.

Andrew Taylor remains a doubt with a calf problem, with formation set to dicate whether Jonathan Grounds or Craig Noone start in a left-back or wing-back role, while the duo of Gary O'Neil (calf) and Jack Hobbs (Achilles) will be assessed after returning to training this week.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Matthews, B Williams, Turner, Little, Taylor, Beevers, Hobbs, Olkowski, Connolly, Grounds, Wheater, Lowe, Vela, Oztumer, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Murphy, O'Neil, J Williams, Dyer, Pritchard, Donaldson, Magennis, Hall

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Tranmere Rovers 7 5
20 Accrington Stanley 7 5
21 AFC Wimbledon 8 3
22 Southend United 7 1
23 Bolton Wanderers 6 -11
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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