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Match Preview: Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers

Liam looks to Saturday, and gives you the skinny on what to expect

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After a tense draw at home to Neil Redfearn's Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers now make the journey over the pennines themselves towards South Yorkshire to Hillsborough to face Stuart Gray and his Sheffield Wednesday in one of the most historic fixtures in world football.

With the mouth-watering ticket-starved away tie at Anfield now within sight, Bolton must focus themselves and look to recapture their slightly waivering form and further push themselves up the Championship table.

To Neil Lennon's admission Bolton have lacked the creative spark since both Mark Davies and Chung-Yong Lee have been unable to feature and perhaps this issue is being addressed behind the closed door of the Macron Stadium.

Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara will both also be absent for Lennon's men as they negotiate moves away to Watford and Maccabi Haifa respectively.

Sheffield Wednesday have had a much improved season and are within touching distance of the play-offs. After dramatically surviving on the final day of the season last campaign, the Owls have really kicked on and will be brimming with confidence after defeating hapless manager Stuart Pearce and his dire Nottingham Forest side 2-0 to make it an impressive 5 wins from their previous 7 Championship outings.

TEAM NEWS

Bolton Wanderers:

Bolton's overstocked midfield continues to shrink as captain Jay Spearing has been shipped out on loan to Watford. Dorian Dervite is also under pressure from David Wheater, who continues to go from strength to strength following a string of injuries.

Sheffield Wednesday:

New loan signing from Chelsea Lewis Baker, who was tracked by Bolton, adds more competition to the starting places at Wednesday as does the returning trio of Sam Hutchinson, Joe Mattock and Jeremy Helan but the game has come a little too early for Giles Coke.

TEAM STATS

Bolton Wanderers:

Goals: Craig Davies 5
Most Yellows: Darren Pratley 6

Sheffield Wednesday:

Goals: Atdhe Nuhiu 7
Most Yellows: Chris Maguire 9

SELECTED BETTING

Sheffield Wednesday 11/10 Draw 11/5 Away 13/5

Liam's Tip: 1st Half over 1.5 Goals: 2/1