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Match preview: Fulham v Bolton Wanderers

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In the Championship, the games come thick and fast. So I'm going to try and avoid what people have been talking about constantly since the Derby game and focus upon the upcoming game against Fulham on Wednesday. That said, it's been a difficult few days for the club.

Harry Engels

In an ideal world, I'd like to think that Bolton Wanderers can put the defeat against Derby County behind them and move forward and beat one of our fellow strugglers in Fulham on Wednesday.

Dougie Freedman and his team will have slight breathing space away from home, which will be needed because at the Macron it seemed that the atmosphere had turned rather sour. I would also hope that the fans would react well, and get behind the team at Craven Cottage. But, it's also down to the management and playing team to pull their finger out and put in a good display. I want to see some passion from a team playing in our historic white shirt.

As ever, expect chief tinkerer Dougie Freedman to tinker with the squad. I expect to see Darren Pratley come in for Owen Garvan, Beckford to join Joe Mason up front at the expense of Liam Feeney, and Neil Danns may come in for Mark Davies. I personally don't think this is the way to go. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I'd like to see the good old traditional 4-4-2 played with Jay Spearing & Davies, with Chung-Yong Lee and Feeney on the wings, feeding Mason & Craig Davies. We are still without long absentees David Wheater, Liam Trotter & Adam Bogdan.

Fulham is actually one of two teams that are worse than ourselves this season. The other being Blackpool who are shocking. Managerless Fulham came from behind at the weekend to beat Birmingham City away from home, which will have no doubt inspired them coming into their home game against us. They lined up 4-4-2 (Diamond) at the weekend and I personally expect them to remain unchanged, as any winning team should.

The two players we should be wary of should be Ross Mcormack, on his day he can score goals for fun, and will be a handful for whoever our centre back pairing is. Scott Parker is the other one, the veteran midfielder is proven at this level & in the Premier Leauge and if Spearing doesn't play well expect Parker to dominate the midfield.

I think Wanderers need to take advantage of being away from home away from a chorus of boos and play like they did against Chelsea last week. If they do, I expect a comfortable win for Bolton... I know right, I'm crazy.

Roll on Wednesday.