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Posted Fri 08 Mar 13

Brighton match preview

Setting the scene
Bolton Wanderers will play their second home game in five days this weekend as they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to the Reebok Stadium.

It will be a meeting of two inform Championship teams, with Wanderers unbeaten in their last seven whilst Gus Poyet’s Seagulls haven’t suffered defeat in six matches, winning four and drawing two.

The Whites head into Saturday’s match having tasted victory in their last four at the Reebok Stadium, beating Burnley, Hull City, Peterborough and most recently Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.

Substitute Chris Eagles was the match winner, scoring deep into stoppage time to seal a 1-0 win for the hosts as Bolton climbed to ninth in the standings.

Meanwhile visitors Brighton sit three places above Wanderers in the Championship table and come into the game off the back of a 0-0 draw away at Bristol City.

Albion will be without star frontman Craig Mackail-Smith with the Scottish international limping off just before half time at Ashton Gate.

Team news
Manager Dougie Freedman revealed in his press conference ahead of the game that Adam Bogdan will be out for two to three weeks with a slight groin strain.

Keith Andrews and Tyrone Mears remain absent, likewise youngster Joe Riley. 

One to watch – David Lopez
Spaniard David Lopez is the player have identified to watch out for in the opposition camp ahead of this weekend’s game.

The technically gifted 30-year-old made nearly 200 appearances in La Liga during spells at Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao.

Costing Bilbao six million euros in 2007, Lopez was involved in the squad which lost to Atletico Madrid last season’s Europa League final.

Scoring away at PSG in an earlier round of the competition, Lopez was released in August 2012 and after a brief spell at Huesca he joined Brighton in August 2012.

Making his Seagulls debut in the 3-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday in September, Lopez has since gone on to 26 appearances for Poyet’s side, scoring six times.

Head to head
Saturday will be only the 14th time the two clubs have ever met in all competitions, with both teams having won four times.

Earlier this season Bolton travelled to the Amex Stadium with French striker David N’gog scoring an 90th minute equaliser to rescue a point for Wanderers.

The referee
Nigel Miller will be in charge at the Reebok Stadium this weekend for Bolton’s seventh Championship game inside 21 days.

Miller has been refereeing since the 2003/04 campaign and it will not be the first time the official from Durham has refereed a Wanderers game this season.

Miller was in charge of Bolton’s 5-4 thriller at Peterborough late last year, and so far this season has refereed 29 games, handing out 80 yellow cards and three reds.

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