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Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United: Match Preview

Match preview ahead of Leeds United's game with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.

The Reebok Stadium awaits Leeds United this weekend.
The Reebok Stadium awaits Leeds United this weekend.
Chris Brunskill
The International break is over and United travel to the Reebok Stadium to face Bolton Wanderers this weekend. United have had to wait two weeks following their first defeat of the season to QPR last time out and Brian McDermott will be looking to make amends against a Bolton side who sit bottom of the Championship.

This is only the Whites second visit to the Reebok Stadium since 2004 when they lost their Premiership status there. United supporters will be hoping for some fonder memories of the place come 5pm on Saturday evening.

Team News:

Sam Byram is well on the way to a return to first team action having missed the whole of pre-season with a hip problem. However, the young star is likely to have to wait until after the clash with Bolton as he continues his comeback in the development squad.

Other than that Brian McDermott has a full strength squad to choose from with Ross McCormack, Paul Green and Rodolph Austin all returning from International duty unscathed.
"Ross didn't play midweek, but he played a small part for Scotland at the weekend and he's okay. Paul played the other night for the Republic of Ireland. I watched the game and he played very well.

Rudy was suspended for Jamaica's game in midweek, but he will be back with us on Friday so we should be in good shape." Said the manager speaking to the club's official website.

Chung-Yong Lee, Jermaine Beckford, Medo Kamara and Adam Bogdan will face late fitness tests. If the latter misses out this is likely to see a game for Andy Lonergan against his former employers.

Meanwhile, Chris Eagles (ankle), Marc Tierney (groin) and Tim Ream (hamstring) are all fit and available for selection.

My Predicted United Line-up:


I think we will see a similar side to the one which lost to QPR. However I think Noel Hunt, who has come in for some stick, will lose his place to Dom Poleon.

My Prediction:

So Leeds United travel to the bottom of the table this weekend. Usually it is the Leeds United way to lose these types of games and to be honest, I don't see this weekend being any different. I think the home side will be up for this one and will see this fixture as a good time to kick-start this season. I hope I am wrong but I am predicting a defeat in this one.

Last Six Meetings:

1st January 2013: Leeds United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

2nd October 2012: Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Leeds United

2nd May 2004: Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Leeds United

22nd November 2003: Leeds United 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

16th December 2002: Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Leeds United

17th November 2002: Leeds United 2-4 Bolton Wanderers