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Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers: Match thread

Two former Premier League sides go head-to-head in a Championship basement battle, but can Wanderers pick up their first three points of the season at managerless Leeds?

Michael Steele
Leeds United v. Bolton Wanderers
Location: Elland Road
Date: Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Time: 3pm

Records (W-D-L, +/-, Points, Place):

Leeds United: 1-0-3, -6, 3, 21st


Bolton Wanderers: 0-1-3, -5, 1, 22nd

Form: W-L-L-D-W-L


GK: Marco Silvestri
GK: Adam Bogdan
D: Scott Wootton RB: Hayden White
D: Giuseppe Bellusci
CB: David Wheater
D: Jason Pearce CB: Matt Mills
D: Stephen Warnock LB: Tim Ream
M: Lewis Cook DM: Jay Spearing
M: Alex Mowatt CM: Medo
M: Tommaso Bianchi CM: Chung-Yong Lee
M: Casper Sloth AM: Neil Danns
F: Billy Sharp F: Craig Davies
F: Mirco Antenucci F: Joe Mason

Leeds substitutes: Stuart Taylor, Liam Cooper, Charlie Taylor, Chris Dawson, Michael Tonge, Zan Benedicic, Matt Smith.

Bolton Wanderers substitutes: Andy Lonergan, Dorian Dervite, Darren Pratley, Andy Hughes, Rob Hall, Liam Feeney, Jermaine Beckford.

Bolton Wanderers go into today's Championship clash with Leeds United in the strange position of being favourites for a league match. Fresh off the back of another jittery cup win over lower league opposition, Wanderers will be hoping they can finally turn their form around and pick up a much-needed first three points of the season.

Wanderers receive the welcome return of Mark Davies to the match squad, but it's unlikely he'll be risked in the starting lineup. Dean Moxey also returns after a nightmare debut at Watford, while Adam Bogdan is unlikely to start following his own injury and Liam Trotter misses out with news he's likely to face 10 weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Hosts Leeds have had nearly as miserable a start to the season as Bolton, but its all their own doing. Having made the farcical decision to appoint a manager who's only ever managed in non-league every man and his dog knew it was only a matter of the time before he got the Elland Road chop, and sure enough Dave Hockaday was sacked on Thursday after the club's Capital One Cup exit at Bradford.

Dougie Freedman has been talking about changing the way he's approached the last few games in pre-match interviews, but I don't believe we'll see a shift away from his diamond formation this afternoon. Here's the lineup I believe Dougie will go with against Leeds:

Andy Lonergan

Hayden White Matt Mills David Wheater Tim Ream

Jay Spearing

Medo              Chung-Yong Lee

Neil Danns

Joe Mason     C. Davies

What do you think Dougie should do today? Go for it away from home or try and stay solid and nick a goal? Let us know in the comments section below.