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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers

29 March 2018

Following the conclusion of the March international break, it’s time to focus on the final stretch in the league season as Wanderers return to action away at Leeds United.

Unbeaten from their last three outings, the Whites will be looking to extend that run as bwfc.co.uk picks out five talking points ahead of Bolton's visit to Elland Road.

1. Football is back!

The international breaks drag on a bit, don’t they? Thankfully, league action returns on Good Friday as Wanderers go on a little excursion of their own – albeit only to nearby Leeds.

It’s been almost a fortnight since the Wanderers beat Aston Villa at BL6, but Phil Parkinson will be hoping that his team can keep the momentum from that victory going when they step out at Elland Road.

And games coming thick and fast over the next few weeks, starting with the Easter weekend, it will be important for Bolton to get off to a good start heading into the final stretch of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season.

2. Away form

The Trotters go into their clash at Elland Road having seen their away record pick up in recent weeks following draws in each of their last three games on the road.

Points against Norwich, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday have helped Wanderers climb away from the Sky Bet Championship bottom three as other teams at the lower end of the table have struggled for form.

Another result this Friday would go a long way helping secure their status in the Championship next season.

3. Big away following

Bolton will be backed by 2,500 supporters after selling out their entire away allocation for the trip to Elland Road.

While the Trotters have picking up just a solitary win away from home this season, a 1-0 against Sheffield United in the last match of 2017, they have always been backed by strong away numbers with the Wanderers faithful always travelling in force.

Whit the Whites' again set to be backed by a passionate away support, it will be a huge boost for Bolton to see a packed away stand at one of the more intimidating grounds in the division.

Be loud, be proud and back the boys!

4. Midfield options

There will be fierce competition for places in the middle of the park on Friday with the return of Jan Kirchhoff.

The ex-Bayern Munich player has missed the last two games through injury, but returned to fitness during the international break and is eyeing up a first team return at Elland Road.

Derik Osede has impressed in his absence in recent weeks, while Darren Pratley and Karl Henry will both be assessed late on after picking up knocks during the week.

With Josh Vela and Jem Karacan also available and Reece Burke catching the eye when selected in midfield away at Norwich City, manager Phil Parkinson will be left with pleny to ponder when travelling to Leeds.

5. Easter weekend

The Easter period doesn’t just bring chocolate eggs and bank holidays, but also a busy schedule of football matches!

After the visit to Elland Road, the next opponents to BL6 will be rivals Birmingham City on Tuesday night.

With two huge games coming in such a short space of time, it’s an opportunity for Wanderers to put some distance between themselves and the danger zone at a crucial stage of the season. 

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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 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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