Setting The Scene
Bolton will return back to the Reebok Stadium this weekend to face Hull City after their double header away from home in the Midlands.
Dougie Freedman’s side recorded 1-1 draws at both Nottingham Forest and Derby County and will be looking to make it four unbeaten in the npower Championship.
The Whites last played at home a fortnight ago, beating neighbours Burnley 2-1 courtesy of goals from Craig Davies and David Ngog.
Opponents Hull, under the guidance of former Sunderland and Wigan boss Steve Bruce are currently second in the table, five points behind league leaders Cardiff City but have played one game more.
The Yorkshire club head to the Reebok Stadium off the back of a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at the KC Stadium and have won their last three matches.
Hull duo Mohamed Gedo and Ahmed Elmohamady hit the back of the net in the second half against Rovers and with the added firepower of Irish international Robert Brady, the Wanderers defence will once again have to be on full alert.
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.
Full back Marcos Alonso returns from a one match suspension after missing the 1-1 draw at Pride Park, however both Keith Andrews (thigh) and Joe Riley (foot) remain unavailable through injury.
One To Watch – Mohamed Gedo
Signed on loan from Egyptian side Al-Ahly on the final day of the January 2013 transfer window, Gedo arrived at Hull City having developed a fearsome scoring reputation for club and country.
Making his debut in the 1-0 defeat away at Brighton, Gedo has gone on to score in his last three outings and it has proven to be a clever piece of business in the transfer window by Bruce.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 32nd time Bolton and Hull have faced one another in league action.
Wanderers have won 16 games compared to Hull’s 10 victories whilst 15 have finished a draw.
The last time City visited the Reebok was in December 2009 with the game finishing 2-2.
Man In The Middle – Andy Haines
The referee for this weekend’s clash at the Reebok is Andy Haines from Tyne & Wear.
Haines, who has officiating since the 2007/08 season has taken charge of 22 games this season – four of those in the Championship. Disciplinary wise, Haines has handed out 62 yellow cards and three reds.
Saturday’s game will be Mr Haines’ first ever trip to the Reebok Stadium and the first time he has refereed a Bolton Wanderers fixture.
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