Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Barnsley

Clint Hughes

With only 3 home games of the season remaining the Wanderers are set to welcome Danny Wilson's struggling Barnsley side to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Barnsley FC will travel to the Reebok to face Bolton Wanderers this Saturday in desperate need for 3 points as they fight to stay in the division. Danny Wilson's side were left rock bottom when they were beaten 1-3 by the Wanderers on Boxing Day, and they have only moved up one place in the table since then. And after slipping to a defeat at home to high-flying Burnley the Tykes sit dangerously in 23rd place. With time against them, this game certainly has more significance for the visitors.

Barnsley will face a Bolton side in fine form, who have lost only once in 11 Championship matches. Dougie Freedman has found the winning formula but unfortunately for the Scot, it's come too late. As sung by the Wanderers' merry following 'we're not going down, and we're not going up..' and some people may say that we've got nothing to play for this Saturday.

Regarding the line-ups for the visitors, Kelvin Etuhu could return from suspension to play at right-back in a defence which is likely to be missing Martin Cranie, who faces a late fitness test on a hamstring strain picked up last month. Jim O'Brien will not feature again this season, and while there is better news on the fitness of David Fox and 20-year-old forward Marcus Pedersen, neither are expected to be risked in the squad this weekend.

Despite the usual long term injured players Dougie Freedman is 'spoilt for choice' regarding selection.

Despite this he looks set to leave out Chris Eagles again, as Freedman seems to have deemed him surplus to requirements with his contract expiring in the summer. This is also expected to be Joe Mason's last game in a white shirt as his loan deal. After he returned for his second spell at the Reebok Mason has found fine form which has seen him score 5 goals in his last 8 games

James Adcock will officiate the game on Saturday with Robert Merchant and Darren Strain running the lines. Adcock's last match in charge of Bolton was in August 2013, when Wanderers were beaten 1-0 by QPR at the Reebok Stadium. Seven yellow cards were shown that day, with Marc Tierney the only Trotters player to enter the book.

For anyone travelling to the game they should take note with the changed kick off time.

As a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in April 1989, all FA Cup, Premier League, Football League and Football Conference matches taking place this weekend will kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled.

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