Match Preview: Huddersfield v Bolton

Laurence Griffiths

Wanderers travel to Yorkshire this weekend. I hope they've had their jabs

This weekend sees Bolton Wanderers making the short trip to face Huddersfield Town in their latest boring non-event Championship nothingness fixture.

Town are just a point in front of Dougie Freedman's bunch of losers, despite not having won a game in the last six weeks themselves.

They have had an up-and-down season, with a mid-season three game winning streak proving to be the high point. The £1.5m club record signing of Nahki Wells from Bradford City has similarly failed to reap rewards, with the striker scoring just five goals in his fifteen appearances so far, which basically guarantees he'll score at least one at the weekend.

Saturday's fixture will be the 98th meeting of the two teams. Bolton currently lead the way on 44 wins to Town's 33, with Wanderers legends Nat Lofthouse and David Jack top-scoring with nine apiece.

In terms of injury news ahead of the game, Town's former Blackpool man Keith Southern and ex-Everton striker James Vaughan are both struggling for fitness and are expected to miss out along with injury victim Joel Lynch.

Wanderers expect both Mark Davies and Joe Mason to return to the side, with Rob Hall hoping to keep his place on the left side of midfield.

Current form will likely see Liam Trotter may drop to the bench, but no doubt Chris Eagles will not be involved following Freedman's comments in the paper yesterday.

Match Facts

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Huddersfield's last 3 home games in Championship.

Huddersfield have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 home matches against Bolton in all competitions.

Huddersfield have failed to win their last 6 matches in Championship.

Huddersfield have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches in Championship.

Bolton have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 away matches against Huddersfield in all competitions.

Prediction

As previously mentioned, Huddersfield's form has dipped in recent weeks and are now without a win in six games, and they have also won just one of their last five at home.

Wanderers have lost just one of their last seven, and knowing Bolton will almost certainly lose the game.

I'm going for 2-1 Huddersfield.

Freedman out.

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