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11:21 4th April 2013

Battle of the Wanderers at the Reebok

Wolves travel to Bolton's Reebok Stadium this Saturday, looking to extend their winning run to four games.

After both sides were relegated from the Premier League last season, Bolton have enjoyed a more consistent nPower Championship campaign than Wolves, and currently lie eighth in the table, four points off the top six.

After an eight game unbeaten run saw them build a late play-off challenge, the Trotters suffered successive defeats to Ipswich and Charlton either side of the latest international break, before returning to winning ways at home to Huddersfield Town in midweek.

The meeting between the two Wanderers earlier in the season provided no shortage of incidents, as a former Wolves man came back to haunt his former club late on.

Benik Afobe had given the visitors the lead in the first half, but Wolves then turned the game on its head thanks to two goals from Kevin Doyle just before the half hour.

Doyle pounced twice in two minutes after good work from Bakary Sako, and that double looked likely to give Wolves a sixth win in eight games until Mark Davies hit a late equaliser.

Wolves' last trip to the Reebok Stadium also ended in a draw, as Steven Fletcher cancelled out Sam Ricketts' opener to earn Mick McCarthy's side a share of the spoils in the Premier League on New Year's Eve 2011.

Later on in the season, as both sides were fighting what would ultimately prove unsuccessful battles against the drop, Bolton took the points after a thriller at Molineux.

Michael Kightly had given Wolves a second half lead, but saw that advantage wiped out within ten minutes thanks to a Martin Petrov penalty.

Marcos Alonso and Kevin Davies then scored in the last ten minutes to put Bolton 3-1 up, and although Matt Jarvis pulled one back with two minutes remaining, but Wolves had left it too late to mount a comeback and were condemned to a fifth straight defeat.

Bolton also won by the same scoreline at Molineux the previous season, and were gifted a stoppage time win at the Reebok when on-loan striker Daniel Sturridge latched onto Ronald Zubar's under-hit backpass to net the game's only goal.

In fact, Wolves have only won at the Reebok on one occasion - an FA Cup third round victory in January 1999, although travelling supporters will remember with some fondness Alex Rae's wonder volley in the Premier League clash in 2003, which ended 1-1.

Of the last twenty meetings between the sides in all competitions, Wolves have won just four, Bolton eleven and there have been five draws.

Of the current Bolton squad, three are previous Wolves men.

Mark Davies will miss the game after being ruled out for the rest of the campaign, but his namesake, striker Craig Davies, could feature after sitting out the midweek win over the Terriers through suspension.

The Welsh frontman spent the 2006/2007 season on-loan at Molineux, scoring two goals for the club, who decided against making his move a permanent one.

Also in the Bolton ranks in Keith Andrews, the Irish midfielder who began his career at Molineux and spent six years at the club before moving on in 2005.

He has already come back to haunt Wolves once - he scored the fourth of West Bromwich Albion's five goals in the painful derby day defeat which signalled the end of McCarthy's Molineux reign in February of last year.

Managing the Trotters on Saturday will be former Wolves striker Dougie Freedman. The Scot spent a single season at Molineux in the 1990s, scoring 13 times for the club before moving to a then-Premier League Nottingham Forest.

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