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Posted Mon 18 Feb 13

Preview: Derby County (A)

Setting The Scene

Fixtures are coming thick and fast for Dougie Freedman’s side, as three days after Wanderers snatched a point against Nottingham Forest, the Whites prepare for another trip to the Midlands to face Nigel Clough’s Derby County. 

Craig Davies's 77th minute goal cancelled out Andy Reid’s second-half strike to deny Billy Davies a winning return as Forest manager.

The Whites now hope to return to winning ways as they travel to Pride Park on Tuesday evening, but they face a stern test against a Rams side who still hold high hopes of claiming a play-off berth.

Derby, under the stewardship of Clough, have enjoyed mid-table finishes over the last four seasons, but have failed to kick-on and push for a potential promotion back to the Premier League. 

But 2012/13 could be the season that they finally break their duck as the Rams have experienced a positive campaign to date, and currently sit within touching distance of the play-offs.

Derby boast one of the best home records in the league after only losing two games at Pride Park, winning eight and drawing six of their 16 home fixtures. 

Wanderers' defence will be have to be wary of striking duo Theo Robinson and Jamie Ward who have combined for 18 goals in the current campaign.

Tuesday night will also see the return of Tyrone Mears to his former stomping ground, after the right-back spent two-and-a-half years at Pride Park, making 49 appearances scoring two goals. 

One To Watch - Will Hughes

The midfielder has enjoyed a breakthrough season not only with Derby, but with country during the 2012/12 season

The 17-year-old has featured in every game for Nigel Clough’s side this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists for his team-mates. 

His good work for his club hasn’t gone unnoticed, as Stuart Pearce called the youngster up the England Under-21 side in November 2012 for friendly against Northern Ireland, as Hughes became the second youngest player to get capped for the under-21s, only beaten by Arsenal’s Theo Walcott. 

The midfielder earned his second cap in a recent friendly against Sweden earlier this month. 
Team News

US international Stuart Holden and January signing Medo Kamara are both in contention to make their first appearances for Wanderers in the league this season, but Dougie Freedman is waiting on the fitness of the midfield duo. 

However, both Keith Andrews (thigh) and Joe Riley (foot) remain unavailable through injury.

All-Time Record

Man In The Middle - Gavin Ward

Surrey-based official Gavin Ward will take charge of Wanderers’ Championship clash with Derby on Tuesday evening. The referee has shown 91 yellow cards and 10 reds in 27 games. 

Fan Information

Bolton fans will be able to buy tickets on the day of the game at Pride Park, however, there will be a £3 increase to the initial prices. For more information click here.