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Match preview: Bolton Wanderers v. Blackburn Rovers

Paul Thomas

Six games unbeaten, four wins in that span, and three wins on the bounce beg the question: what next for Bolton Wanderers? Four wins in a row, of course. At the moment, Bolton Wanderers sit in 10th place, seven points behind sixth place Brighton & Hove Albion (who have a game in hand). Yet, with 33 points left to play for, and Bolton needing at least 25 to realistically get a spot in the Playoffs, now is as a good a time as any to win.

Blackburn are on the exact opposite run of form as Bolton. They have not won in five games and prior to pulling two goals back (they went down 3-0) at the weekend, were held scoreless for three whole matches. They have fallen to 12th place in the table, three points back of Bolton, and badly need a win to prevent themselves from falling further. However, with a number of injuries and an FA Cup Quarter Final at the weekend, manager Michael Appleton won't be shuffling the ranks.

Rovers have confirmed that they will go with the same squad that lost 2-3 to Peterborough (thanks to a Dwight Gayle hat trick) at the weekend:

"We've an important cup tie at the weekend and we'll need some sort of miracle cure to get them involved on Sunday but I know, I've been a player myself, I've worked with players who once they feel they are right they want that opportunity.

"So lets get Tuesday's game out of the way as such, it is a big game for us, I want a reaction from Saturday."

As a result, Appleton will be forced to pick from an 18 of Kean, Orr, Dann, Hanley, Rekik, Bentley, Lowe, Murphy, Markus Olsson, Campbell, Rhodes, Sandomierski, Givet, Pedersen, Nuno Gomes, Morris, Goodwillie, Henley, Stewart, Jones. When the two sides met in November, Paul Robinson was starting as goalkeeper while Ruben Rochina and Josh King started up front with Jordan Rhodes. Three of those four players are not available/no longer with Blackburn.

Apart from the now usual suspects of Mark Davies, Keith Andrews, and Matt Mills, Bolton Wanderers only have on fresh injury concern. The player in question is Adam Bogdan, who seems to have aggravated a groin injury against Barnsley at the weekend.

Should Bolton win tomorrow and other results go their way, they can climb as high as eighth in the table but first, a tough test against Blackburn awaits.