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nPower Championship preview: Peterborough United v. Bolton Wanderers

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Ben Hoskins

This is going to be a bottom half of the table clash with Bolton, for really the first time this season, just in the bottom of the table. After last week's 2-0 win at home against Charlton, the Trotters are in 13th place ahead of what is the final of match of the first half of the season.

Peterborough United aren't doing as well. After 22 games this season, they have five wins (to Bolton's seven), one draw, and 16 losses. They are rock bottom of the nPower Championship. While points have been few and far between for the Posh, they did manage to pick up a big win last weekend. Peterborough travelled to the Cardiff City Stadium and even though they were outpossessed and outshot but a crucial pair of goals from Michael Bostwick and Dwight Gayle saw them come out 2-1 winners against top-of-the-table Cardiff City.

If that wasn't worry enough, all of Peterborough's wins this season have come in pairs (with losses just about everywhere else. Cardiff City was their 5th win of the season and they will be hoping for a back-to-back result as they return to London Road. A Peterborough win with other results going their way could see them on 19 points and leapfrogging Bristol City, Barnsley, and Sheffield Wednesday to climb out of the drop zone.

Besides the now-usual suspects of Stu Holden, Mark Davies, Matt Mills, David Wheater, and Josh Vela, Bolton Wanderers have no fresh injury concerns. Peterborough United are much the same way and will most likely look to start the same XI that saw them beat Cardiff.

This match will be the first meeting between Bolton Wanderers and Peterborough United since April 1994 in the old first division. Bolton Wanderers walked out of that away fixture 3-2 winners.

A Bolton win and a Leeds United loss against third-place Middlesbrough would see Bolton move to 12th in the table. Bolton have not registered back-to-back wins since March of last season. The last time Bolton kept two clean sheets in a row? May 2009 with a pair of 0-0 results against Wigan and Sunderland.