Setting the scene
Bolton Wanderers will take to the road this weekend with a near 500 mile round trip to Suffolk to face Ipswich Town.
The Whites have won their last five Championship games and are unbeaten in eight heading into Saturday’s meeting with Mick McCarthy’s side.
Left back Marcos Alonso was Wanderers’ match winner last time out, finding the back of the net midway through the first half in a 1-0 win over Brighton at the Reebok Stadium.
Hosts Ipswich Town, currently sit four points above the drop zone, but will be aware they are only the same margin away from 12th placed Charlton Athletic.
Having played back-to-back games away from home at Peterborough and Nottingham Forest, Town have won three of their last four games at Portman Road with victories over Middlesbrough, Blackpool and Leicester City.
Manager Dougie Freedman revealed in his pre-match press conference that goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has returned to training after missing the last two games through injury.
One to watch – David McGoldrick
On loan from Championship counterparts Nottingham Forest, David McGoldrick will be looking to add to the 19 goals he has already scored this season.
The 25-year-old centre forward began his career at Notts County before joining Southampton as a teenager.
Enjoying loan spells at Bournemouth and Port Vale to gain first team experience, McGoldrick quickly established himself in the Saints’ first team and finished top goal scorer the season the club were relegated to League One.
However, McGoldrick’s form for the south coast outfit caught the attention of Billy Davies and the Scot persuaded him to join Nottingham Forest.
Playing his part in two Championship play-off campaigns for the Reds, McGoldrick spent the first half of this season on loan at Coventry City and his goals quickly fired the Sky Blues up the League One table.
In January, after his loan spell at Coventry came to an end, McGoldrick opted to join Ipswich Town until the end of the season.
Head to head
This weekend’s contest will be the 27th time Bolton have faced Ipswich Town in a league fixture. The Tractor Boys have the slight upper hand with 12 wins compared to Bolton’s nine.
However Wanderers have tasted victory on their last two visits to Portman Road, beating Town 3-1 in an FA Cup third round tie in 2005 and 2-1 in the Premier League in 2001 courtesy of goals from Michael Ricketts and Gudni Bergsson.
Stuart Attwell is the man in the middle for this weekend’s game in Suffolk. Mr Attwell, from Warwickshire, has refereed 36 games so far this season, handing out 101 yellow cards and two reds.
The last time the 30-year-old referee took charge of a Bolton Wanderers fixture was earlier this season when Dougie Freedman’s side beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Ewood Park.
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