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Match preview: Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town

Will the Iceman be unleashed to end the Tractor Boys' hot streak? Bolton take on the division's form side in Mick McCarthy's Ipswich as the Whites faithful eagerly anticipate the second coming of Eidur.

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Neil Lennon's Barmy Army head into this home clash unbeaten in five and looking for a fifth home win on the spin.

Standing in their way is 2nd place outfit Ipswich Town in the midst of a seven game unbeaten run.

While they boast the best home record in the division they have also only suffered two defeats on the road in amongst five draws and three wins.

Many will remember the ding dong play-off battles including that famous night where Barry Knight was utter shite and robbed the Whites!

By coincidence Ipswich was the last game Eidur Gudjohnsen played (and scored) in for Bolton Wanderers and his much awaited and celebrated second debut for the club which kickstarted his glamorous and successful career will more than likely be from the bench against the same opponent.

We should be unchanged unless main injury doubt Craig Davies fails to make it, with no definite news coming from the club on whether he'll be fit to resume his lone forward role that he has done so well in since Lennon arrived.

The thought of Joe Mason trying to hold the ball up on his own will fill the Wanderers fans with dread as we know it is a role he simply hasn't the attributes to fulfil. It might not be a surprise to see Conor Wilkinson given the nod for the first hour after his cameo at The Madejski and then the Iceman may cometh!

Ipswich boast the best front pairing in the division with recent Irish debutant David McGoldrick and his fellow countryman Daryl Murphy. They have scored 6 and 13 respectively with ex-Sunderland left footer Murphy leading the Championship scoring charts. Centre halves Christophe Berra and Tommy Smith have weighed in with 7 goals between them as set pieces have provided a reliable source of goals, as is often the case with McCarthy's teams.

Highly thought of youngster Tyrone Mings patrols the left full back area and has a terrific engine apparently. Captain Luke Chambers slots in at right back.

Jay Tabb, Cole Skuse and ex-Liverpool winger Paul Anderson make up a workman like if unspectacular midfield alongside perennial boo boy candidate Stephen Hunt. His brother Noel has also joined recently and scored a late winner on their last away trip at The Valley.

Their last line of defence is Bartosz Bialkowski, a 27 years old Polish keeper who has only come of age lately after a nomadic career mainly spent out on loan from parent club Southampton. His two year spell at Notts County encouraged McCarthy to bring him in ahead of Dean Gerken and he has repaid his manager with some steady performances in front of a settled defence.

This will be a tough test for Wanderers and I don't think a point will be a bad result given the form of our opponents.

However, I'm going for a hugely sentimental 2-1 win with Eidur setting up (not scoring that would be the stuff of fairytales!) the winning goal for man of the moment Chung-Yong Lee!


Come on Eidurrrrr!!