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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bolton Wanderers

24 November 2017

As Wanderers travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers looking to maintain their recent unbeaten run, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with Wolves.

1. Unbeaten run

Unbeaten from their last seven outings, Wanderers travel to Sky Bet Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. 

Picking up maximum points against Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City, the Whites had late goals to curse for stalemates against Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Sunderland and Reading on top of a goalless draw at Preston North End. 

Now preparing for their final outing of November, Bolton will be looking to extend their unbeaten run into a third month despite their underdog status, knowing a victory could see them climb out of the bottom three if other results go their way.

However, the Trotters face arguably their toughest test of the season so far with hosts Wolves winning of their last eight outings in the league.

And with Wanderers' last win on the road at this level coming back in April 2015, they know they will have to be at their very best if they are to clinch a positive result at Molineux.

2. Defensive decison

Manager Phil Parkinson must decide whether to reinstate Mark Beevers to his back four or stick with Reece Burke after the West Ham United loanee scored his first goal for the club on Tuesday night.

Only suspension brought Beevers' ever-present status to an end against Reading in midweek after he picked up his fifth caution of the season against Preston North End.

Burke did his chances of retaining his place no harm against the Royals and continues to impress in the heart of the Whites' back-line when called upon.

However, Beevers has been back to his best alongside David Wheater in recent weeks, providing a healthy selection headache for Saturday's game.

3. No pay on the day

Fans are reminded that tickets for Wanderers' trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday will NOT be available on the day of the game.

Bolton will be backed by over 800 supporters at Molineux this weekend after advance sales closed earlier today.

4. Former Wolves 

A number of former Wolves players will be hoping to line up at their former stomping ground come 3pm on Saturday.

Karl Henry memorably won promotion to the Premier League with the club in 2009 as he spent seven seasons in the West Midlands, making 272 appearances and scoring seven goals.

Mark Little started his career at Molineux, making 32 appearances between 2006 and 2010 alongside a handful of loan moves before signing for Peterborough United.

Meanwhile Adam Le Fondre spent the 2015/16 season on loan with Wolves, while David Wheater had a one-month temporary stint at Molineux in October 2006.

Will any come back to haunt their former employers? Only time will tell!

5. Late goals?

With the majority of the Trotters' recent goals coming in the first half with a number of opposition strikes going in late on at the other end, the shoe could be on the other foot on Saturday if Wanderers' recent history at Molineux is anything to go by. 

In the eight meetings between the two sides in the West Midlands since the turn of the millennium, 11 of the Whites' 15 strikes have come after the interval.

Furthermore, six of those goals have come in the final ten minutes. Will history repeat itself? Be sure to stay in your seat until the very last kick if you do not want to miss a potential dramatic finish on Saturday!

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Report: Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-1 Bolton Wanderers

25 November 2017

Bolton Wanderers' unbeaten run came to a halt against table-toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers who ran out 5-1 winners at Molineux.

The hosts, who picked up their fifth successive Sky Bet Championship victory, cantered into a 2-0 half-time thanks to goals from Willy Boly and Leo Bonatini.

A penalty from Ivan Cavaleiro in the second-half increased the home side’s advantage before substitute Will Buckley reduced the arrears with his first goal in a Wanderers shirt.

But further goals from Cavaleiro and Jota ensured Wolves registered a comprehensive victory in front of their own fans.

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Wanderers made just one side from the side that drew 2-2 with Reading at Macron Stadium on Tuesday evening with Mark Beevers returning from suspension to replace Reece Burke.

Phil Parkinson’s men were aiming to extend their unbeaten run to an eighth game against an in-form Wolves side flying high at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship following a four-game winning streak.

First Half

Wearing all white, Wanderers kicked the game off and fashioned a chance within seconds of getting the game underway when Josh Vela pressured Barry Douglas into losing possession inside his own penalty box. The midfielder saw Gary Madine screaming for the ball unmarked but unfortunately was unable to find the striker.

Vela and Madine combined once again with the former’s free-kick finding the head of the big striker, who was unable to get enough power on the ball to direct it beyond John Ruddy.

Madine took a blow to the head during that attempt and had to go off the field for a short while to receiving treatment and a new shirt.

But it was the hosts who took the early advantage after 13 minutes when Willy Boly powered home Douglas’ corner with a firm header that left Ben Alnwick with no chance.

Boly almost doubled his and his team’s tally with another header just four minutes later but Alnwick somehow kept him out. Wanderers then had to survive a barrage of shots after they failed to clear their lines before Antonee Robinson cleared for a corner.

Bolstered by their early goal, Wolves were trying their luck from all angles and Ivan Cavaleiro went just wide with a left footed drive after cutting in from wide.

The hosts doubled their lead in the 26th minute after Jota lofts the ball over the advancing Alnwick allowing Leo Bonatini to steer into an unguarded goal.

Wanderers looked to get back into the contest with Madine and Sammy Ameobi showing attacking intent. Madine was consistently holding up the ball well and Ameobi causing issues on the right hand with his trickery

Just before the half time whistle both managers were sent to the stands by referee Keith Stroud following a touchline remonstration moments after Wheater was shown a yellow card for a tackle on Jota.

Second Half

Both teams resumed the second half without making any changes and the hosts started as they had left off with a determination to add to their tally.

The visitors were struggling to get hold of the ball against a dominant Wolves midfield.

Bonatini should have done better when presented with a close range effort, only to see his shot deflect for a corner. 

Adam Armstrong created a good chance when he sidestepped a Wolves defender but should have done better with his shot which went wide.

But Wolves increased their lead on 62 minutes when Cavaleiro sent his spot kick past Alnwick after Robinson upended Romain Saiss.

Parkinson responded with a double substitution immediately afterwards with Craig Noone and Will Buckley coming on for Ameobi and Armstrong.

Buckley pulled a goal back for Wanderers after 74 minutes after being put through by Madine following some sloppy play by the Wolves defence.

Wanderers made another attacking substitution – their final of the afternoon – with Adam Le Fondre coming on for captain Darren Pratley.

Any hopes of Wanderers getting back into the contest were soon dashed when Cavaleiro thundered his second beyond Alnwick to make it four for the hosts.

Alnwick’s kick went straight to a Wolves player and immediately out his defence on the hop. Cavaleiro evaded several tackles before picking his spot to power past the Wanderers keeper.

Jota made it five with four minutes to go after a swift counter attack saw him place the ball underneath Alnwick.

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Free concessionary upgrades for Reading clash

21 November 2017

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Reading can do so free of charge.

Available to supporters in possession of under-12, under-18, under-23, over-65 and over-75 season cards, fans are able to upgrade their ticket to a full adult for Tuesday’s clash with The Royals.

All adults wishing to use a concessionary season card simply has to present the card at the turnstile to gain entry to the stadium. No paper upgrade ticket will be needed for this fixture.

Tickets for the fixture remain on open sale and are available to purchase online and ‘Print at Home’ HERE.

Alternatively, tickets are also available over the phone on 0844 871 2932 or in person at Bolton Central.”

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