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MATCH PREVIEW: BOLTON V TOWN

19 January 2018

A look at Saturday’s game as Town travel to the Macron Stadium

Current standings 
Bolton are out of the relegation zone thanks to a turn in form which has seen them win three of their last five league matches. Wanderers secured impressive victories over promotion hopefuls Cardiff and Sheffield United as well as three vital points at home to Hull. Town bounced back against Leeds last weekend after going four games without a win.

League form
Bolton – 9/15 points                                                                   
Cardiff (H) W 2-0                                                                          
Middlesbrough (A) L 2-0                                                              
Sheffield United (A) W 1-0                                                          
Hull (H) W 1-0
Brentford (A) L 2-0                                                                      

Town – 4/15 points
Wolves (A) L 1-0
QPR (H) D 0-0
Derby (H) L 2-1
Fulham (A) L 4-1
Leeds (H) W 1-0

Last time we met: Town 2-0 Bolton 16.09.17
Cole Skuse and David McGoldrick were on the scoresheet as Town beat struggling Bolton 2-0 at Portman Road in September. After a quiet first-half, Blues took the lead in the 48th minute when Skuse, who hadn’t scored since April 2015, beat Wanderers shot-stopper Ben Alnwick from distance following a big deflection. Gary Madine, Filipe Morais and David Wheater all had chances for the away side but were unable to level. McGoldrick put the result beyond doubt a minute from time with a fine finish into the top corner.

Previous away meetings:
06/04/02 Bolton 4-1 Town
01/12/12 Bolton 1-2 Town
26/10/13 Bolton 1-1 Town
13/12/14 Bolton 0-0 Town
08/03/16 Bolton 2-2 Town

One to watch: Gary Madine
Gateshead-born Madine is Bolton’s top scorer this season with nine goals and is on the transfer radar of fellow Championship side Cardiff. The Trotters’ Player of the Month for December has certainly been their stand-out performer in a tough season to date, and also leads the team in assists this campaign with five.

Could be the difference: New Blues
New arrivals Stephen Gleeson and Cameron Carter-Vickers are both in the squad after signing deals until the end of the season.

Match officials
Referee –
Peter Bankes
Assistants –
Mark Dwyer and Paul Hodskinson
Fourth official –
Nick Greenhaigh


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