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Bolton Wanderers

The Reebok Stadium

Wednesday, December 26


Wednesday will aim to make it three league wins on the spin for the first time this season when they visit Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day.

The Owls have had some early Christmas cheer with victories against Barnsley and Charlton Athletic that have hauled Dave Jones's men out of the Championship relegation zone on goal difference.

Bolton will provide a tougher test on paper, but the Lancashire outfit will be keen to improve on picking up just one win from their four league matches in December so far.

Vital Quotes:

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman told the official Bolton website:

'Over the last four and five games we've been working very hard. We`re a team and we stick together. We`ll take what happened today and work on the issues in training and prepare ourselves for the home games against Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham.

'One of the advantages of the festive period is that you can get back on track very quickly. We`ve got two games in four days and we`ll be looking to deliver.'

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

Bolton will be without captain and talisman Kevin Davies. Davies, who has scored six times this season, is serving a suspension.

The Trotters could be somewhat light on the attacking front, with David Ngog struggling with a hamstring injury.

Stephen Warnock is missing from the Bolton defence - a defence that has been leaking goals of late, and Wednesday will be looking to exploit.

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

Eagles, the former Manchester United man, enjoyed a loan spell with Wednesday whilst at Old Trafford. He is Bolton's leading scorer with seven goals so far this season and will be eager to add to his tally.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday have extended the loan deals of Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sibibe until mid-January, meaning both players will be available for selection at the Reebok.

Owls boss Dave Jones may be tempted to stick with a winning team, but with three games in less than a week he could tinker with his team accordingly.

He may be forced to make one change with midfielder David Prutton doubtful, meaning Chris Lines could return to the centre of midfield alongside Rhys McCabe, who opened his goal account with a stunner at the weekend.

Jay Bothroyd could return to the Owls squad but Gary Madine and Chris O'Grady are again set to lead the attack.

Player to watch: Jeremy Helan

Helan posed a new threat when being moved forward to play on the left wing, and got a goal for his efforts at the weekend. More of the same on Boxing Day is required.

Match Facts & Stats


Bolton: L-W-D-L-W

Wednesday: W-W-L-L-L


Bolton wins: 37

Wednesday wins: 50

Draws: 24

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 1-2 Bolton

Hillsborough, 22/9/12

Bolton edged to victory the last time the sides met earlier this season at Hillsborough. Ross Barkley had got the Owls on level terms after Marcos Alonso fired Wanderers ahead, but Mark Davies's screamer gave the visitors all three points.

Next Fixtures:

v Huddersfield Town (A) - 29/12/12

v Burnley (H) - 1/1/13

Date:Monday December 24 2012
Time: 2:29PM

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Got my tickets.Off to the Reebok today , first away match this season, hope we finish the season withat least 4 points from the 2 away games .Very confidant hope he sticks with O, grady and Madine as I think there's a bond between these two.Merry christmas to all vital members and a point gaining new year.All the best Vic.
vic mobley
26/12/2012 08:45:00
Three games two with new coach, three wins, three clean sheets, the first more by luck than anything else but what about the other two?? Its been suggested to me there's a hidden message in our more recent change of fortune but I'll be blowed if I can put my finger on what it is. Can anyone help me out?
Fantham's Hairnet
26/12/2012 20:04:00
Always had the utmost confidence in DJ lol. If we had not won then i think he would have been slated for dropping GM and COG,let's hope this is the start of a good run..
26/12/2012 21:17:00
I'm beginning to have faith in Gray because this sudden turn round in fortunes is too much of a co-incidence not to be linked to his arrival.
Fantham's Hairnet
27/12/2012 07:31:00
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