Preview: Sheff Wed v BoltonSETTING THE SCENE
Wanderers travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, having lost just one of their last 11 matches but eager to clinch their first three points of 2015.
The Owls are in strong form themselves, boasting the second-best defence in the Championship while they have also won their last three league matches without conceding a goal. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
However, their home form remains a particular headache for manager Stuart Gray with only Brighton and Wigan registering few home wins than Wednesday, while they have also only found the back of the net six times in front of their own fans so far this season.
With that in mind, the Whites will be hopeful of maintaining their recent strong record at Hillsborough, having won both previous meetings on the ground since returning to the Championship.TEAM NEWS
Manager Neil Lennon has no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Having missed last weekend’s match against Leeds United, Zach Clough (hamstring) is once again ruled out through injury while Rob Hall (ankle) also remains sidelined, with the duo set to be out of action for the next few weeks.
Lee Chung-Yong (leg) has returned from international duty but will not be available after injury ended his Asian Cup campaign prematurely.
Joe Mason (hamstring), Marc Tierney (leg), Mark Davies and Max Clayton (both knee) all remain long-term absentees.LAST SHEFF WED XI (v Nottingham Forest, L 2-0)
Westwood, Loovens, Semedo, Palmer, Lees, Dielna, Maghoma (Baker 81), Lee, May (Helan 72), Nuhiu, Maguire (Lavery 85).ONE TO WATCH
With Sheffield Wednesday currently boasting the second-best defensive record in the Championship, much of that is to do with the form of summer signing Keiren Westwood.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
The Republic of Ireland international joined the Owls from Sunderland on a free transfer in July, and has wasted no time in establishing himself as the club’s first choice keeper.
Keeping 12 clean sheets from just 25 appearances during his time at Hillsborough so far, Westwood’s impressive displays in goal have seen him linked with a move to the Premier League this month, prompting chairman Milan Mandaric to issue a hand’s off warning earlier this week.LAST TIME WE WERE HERE (Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Bolton, 26 April 2014)
Liam Trotter scored a spectacular maiden Wanderers goal while Oscar Threlkeld made his Whites’ debut the last Bolton faced off against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Racing into a three-goal lead inside the opening half-hour, Neil Danns poked home from close-range to fire Bolton ahead before Lee Chung-Yong pounced on a defensive error to race clear and double Wanderers’ lead.
Trotter extended the Whites’ lead with a fine goal from distance, and although Joe Mattock pulled one back for Wednesday soon after, the result was never in doubt as Bolton extended their unbeaten away run to eight matches.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]