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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Wanderers v Aston Villa

16 March 2018

Following on from last weekend's draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, Wanderers are back in action at Macron Stadium this Saturday as they host Aston Villa.

And with the Trotters keen to bounce back to winning ways on home soil after defeat to Preston here last time out, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of Bolton's clash with the Villans.

1. Live on Sky Sports

The last time Wanderers appeared on Sky Sports was when they hosted Bristol City at Macron Stadium on February 2, where a sensational second-half goal from Sammy Ameobi saw the Whites run out 1-0 winners in front of millions watching at home.

Can Phil Parkinson's men impress once again in front of the Sky cameras? The gaffer will certainly be hoping for a case of deja vu this weekend as we head into the final furlong of the campaign.

2. Community Fixture

The Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa has been designated as the club’s official Community Fixture for the 2017/18 season.

Wanderers will also be donating £5 from each adult ticket sold in the Carrs Pasties North Stand to the club's designed charity partners who are Derian House Children’s Hospice, Zak Vali Foundation, Daytrippers Bolton, Urban Shift and The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumor Charity.

The aim of the day is to bring Bolton family together by inviting charities, community groups and individuals to BL6 for the Trotters' latest fixture, alongside hosting a special half-time parade.

3. Strong home form

Wanderers have proven a tough nut to crack in recent months on home soil and have only lost two of their last 13 games at Macron Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, with defeats to Burton Albion in December and Preston North End earlier this month the only blemishes to their record.

With the end of the campaign in sight meanwhile and just five games left at BL6 between now and the final game of the season on May 6, the Whites will be eager to put their reverse against the Lilywhites last time out here behind them and kick-on inside the closing stages of 2017/18.

4. Competition for places

Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson confirmed in his pre-match press conference that captain Darren Pratley will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s game having taken a knock in training earlier this week.

Should the skipper not be fit to feature meanwhile, there is certainly ample competition for places in the Bolton squad, particularly in midfield, with many players chomping at the bit to feature in this weekend's clash with the promotion-chasing Villans. 

5. Late kick-off

Fans are reminded that Saturday’s game is a 5.30pm kick off with the game being televised live on Sky Sports.

Overseas-based iFollow BWFC subscribers meanwhile will not be able to watch the game live on the service as a result, but audio commentary will still be available.

Alternatively, updates will be available on the club's Twitter account, @OfficialBWFC, with a full match report available on bwfc.co.uk on the final whistle.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Aston Villa

17 March 2018

Adam Le Fondre's first half goal was enough for Wanderers to beat promotion chasing Aston Villa in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Saturday evening

The striker turned home Darren Pratley's flick-on from close range in the 20th minute, with that goal proving decisive as the Whites controlled the clash from thereon in and picked up three wholly deserved points.

TEAM NEWS

Bolton Wanderers remained unchanged from the side that drew against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend. Darren Pratley overcame a knock in midweek to captain the team against an Aston Villa team who made one change to their starting XI.

FIRST HALF

The pitch was blanketed in white after a snowstorm in the hour or so leading up to kick off but that didn’t stop Wanderers from enjoying a flurry of corner kicks in the opening minutes of the game.

The visitors responded with two of their own moments later but on each occasion Wanderers successfully cleared the threat.

Despite the difficult weather conditions, Wanderers got their noses in front after 20 minutes thanks to Le Fondre who poked home after Villa were unable to deal with Ameobi’s corner.

Minutes later and Wanderers should have doubled their lead when Flanagan ghosted in at the far post but his volley was cleared off the line.

The hosts suffered a blow on 27 minutes when Pratley limped off the field with a leg injury. He was replaced by Josh Vela.

Albert Adomah ought to have done better when he got the better of Flanagan at the far post only to head Snodgrass’ corner wide.

Buoyed by this, Villa were slowly getting back into the game and Alnwick had to be at his agile best to keep out Grabban.

Sam Johnstone had to dive at full stretch to keep out an Ameobi free kick as Wanderers sought to increase their lead.

SECOND HALF

Neither side made any substitutions during the interval and the snowfall didn’t temper either.

Both sets of supporters were in full voice however in spite of the gelid conditions.

Villa started well and with Adomah looking for the ball at every occasion on the left hand side, it was clear just where the visitors had targeted if they were to get back into the game.

Steve Bruce made his first change after 54 minutes with Hepburn-Murphy coming on for Hourihane.

With both sides seeing plenty of the ball, clear cut chances were few and far between as the half wore on.

Le Fondre was unlucky after latching onto a long ball only to see his effort drift wide of Johnstone’s left hand post.

Wanderers then won a series of corners as they upped the ante in terms of attacking play. On one such corner Buckley saw a powerful corner defelct behind.

Bruce made another change when he brought on Hogan for Adomah.

Wanderers fans had their hearts in their mouths when Scott Hogan had beaten Alnwich, but Flanagan’s great diving block prevented the ball from going over the line.

Parkinson made his second sub of the evening when Robinson came on for Buckley.

Villa made their final change when Snodgrass was replaced by Davis.

But try as they might, they couldn't find a way past a solid Bolton rearguard as Wanderers picked up all three points come full time.

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Ticket News

Ticket bulletin: Friday 16 March

16 March 2018

Welcome to the ticket update for Friday 16 March. Here you will find all the information you need in a simple-to-read format regarding match tickets for Bolton Wanderers' upcoming fixtures.

WHO WHEN STATUS PRICES
Aston Villa (H)

Saturday 17 March

5.30pm

Open sale*

 

*To Bolton Wanderers supporters who have a registered account on or before 3 March 2018

Adults from £30

Over-65s from £24

Under-23s from £24

Under-18s: £12

Under-12s: £10

Leeds United (A)

Friday 30 March

3pm

On sale to season ticket holders

 

Members - 19/03/2018

Open sale - 21/03/2018

Adults: £37

Over-65s: £25

Under-22s: £25

Under-16s: £1*

Under-11s: £1*

*Leeds United’s ‘Kids for a Quid’ promotion is only available if attending with a full paying adult, and only available to purchase in person or via the phone lines. 

Season ticket holders can also Bring a Friend for free, with details available HERE.

 Any under 16 attending alone or part of a group of the same age will pay the following prices:

Under-16s: £16

Under-11s: £8

Birmingham City (H)

Tuesday 3 April

8pm

 

On sale to season ticket holders and club members

 

Open sale - 19/03/2018

 

Adults: £15

Over-65s: £7

Under-23s: £7

Under-18s: £1


*Family Tickets are only available to purchase in the Bolton at Home Family Stand, situated in the North Stand Upper Tier

Corporate hospitality packages at home games are also available to Bolton Wanderers supporters. For more information email sales@bwfc.co.uk, phone the commercial team on 01204 673761, or buy online HERE.

Tickets and official club travel can be bought online at www.eticketing.co.uk/bwfc, in-person at Bolton Central or over the phone on 0844 871 2932 then press option two followed by option one.

Please note, it is a criminal offence to take alcohol onto coaches which are travelling to sporting events as per The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985. Bolton Wanderers reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone in possession or under the influence of alcohol. Any alcohol found on the coach will be confiscated.

 

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