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Match Preview – Norwich vs Bolton

Last Updated: 07/12/18 2:10pm

Onel Hernandez is available for Norwich

Onel Hernandez is available for Norwich

Onel Hernandez is available for Norwich

Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich will have winger Onel Hernandez available again following a hamstring problem for the visit of struggling Bolton.

Midfielder Moritz Leitner (calf) remains unavailable as he manages a calf injury. Captain Grant Hanley is stepping up his return having been sidelined since early September with a thigh injury, along with Scotland international Kenny McLean (ankle).

Winger Matt Jarvis (ankle/knee) and Carlton Morris (knee) are also building up fitness, while midfielder Louis Thompson (shoulder) continues his recovery.

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Bolton hope to have midfielder Will Buckley available for the trip to Norfolk. Buckley scored an early goal in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Wigan before going off midway through the second half with a tight groin tendon, but a scan showed no significant issues.

Sammy Ameobi will be monitored after continuing his return from ankle ligament damage by completing 75 minutes against the Latics. Dutch winger Yanic Wildschut could feature against his former club, while midfielder Gary O’Neil, who also had a spell at Carrow Road, is stepping up rehabilitation after a calf problem.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Norwich and Rotherham.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Norwich and Rotherham.

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Norwich are unbeaten in four home league games against Bolton (W3 D1) since a 0-2 defeat in November 2000.

Bolton avoided defeat in both Championship matches against Norwich during the 2017-18 season, winning at home and drawing 0-0 at Carrow Road.

Bolton have scored fewer goals (13) than any other Championship team this season, while only Ipswich (49) have had fewer shots on target than the Trotters (54).

Norwich have lost just one of their last 15 league games, winning 11 and drawing three.

Bolton are without a win in their last 10 league games (D3 L7), since a 1-0 win versus Derby in September.

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki has scored six goals in his last five Championship appearances.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Bolton and Wigan.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Bolton and Wigan.

Prutton’s prediction

In the past Norwich may have panicked when falling a goal behind as they did against Rotherham last Saturday. It is the type of game they used to drop points in all the time, but they are a different proposition under Daniel Farke now and they managed to turn it around.

It is tough to see where a result comes from for Bolton in this game. They are struggling to score and, while they aren’t conceding bucket loads, they haven’t kept a clean sheet since September either. Home win.

David Prutton predicts: 3-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

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