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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Wolves

Battle of the Wandererseseses at the weekend - but what can we expect?

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Bolton Wanderers welcome Wolves to the Reebok on Saturday in what is sure to be an exciting Championship fixture.

Wanderers are of course coming into the game on the back of a disappointing 4-2 defeat away to Rotherham United on Tuesday, whilst Wolves lie just three points off a Play Off spot following their own surprising good form.

Wanderers are expecting to hand a debut to on-loan Cardiff City forward Adam Le Fondre, whilst Wolves will have ex-Wanderers Sam Ricketts and Benik Afobe in their squad to travel North.

Wolves, managed by well-travelled former Millwall boss Kenny Jackett have surprised many in the division with their solid start to the season which came after they romped to the First Division title last year.

They could only manage a 0-0 draw with Charlton Athletic in midweek, which leaves them in seventh place on 44 points, eleven in front of the mighty Wanderers.

Top scorer for Wolves at the moment is Bakary Sako, who has been the subject of bids from Crystal Palace and West Brom, and who may miss the Bolton game as a transfer is discussed. Sako has scored seven goals, two more than Wanderers' top scorer Craig Davies with five.

The clubs have a historical rivalry, back from when John the Baptist anointed Bolton as the one and only Wanderers, something our tinpot midland neighbours have singularly refused to accept, which isn't a shock given their lack of glory or success in the last hundred years or so.

We can all join together to have a good chuckle at their recent plight - when relegated to the First Division - and although they are going through a purple patch at the moment one look at the record books will show that disaster and implosion is just around the corner.

I can't wait.

Bolton will likely be without injured stars Mark Davies and Korean wizard Chung Yong Lee Chung Yong. Conor Wilkinson came into the equation against Rotherham in midweek but his somewhat 'meh' performance means that he's likely to drop to the bench in favour of le Fondre.