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Preview: Leeds United vs. Bolton Wanderers

22 February 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on Leeds in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 23rd February. With that said, bwfc.co.uk have produced five things to take into this weekend's clash.

Squad Update

During Thursday's pre-match press conference ahead of Leeds United, assistant manager Steve Parkin gave an update on the squad as a whole.

Parkin said: "There are no new injury concerns to note from this week.

"Luca Connell has got a bit of an illness which is disappointing.

"Our long term injuries are still struggling a little bit but Jack Hobbs has trained today, as has Gary O'Neil which is good news for us.

"We are a little bit stronger than we were heading into the Norwich game."

A Game to Remember

In March 2014, Bolton travelled to Elland Road and blew the hosts away. A resounding 5-1 win ended up proving the difference between the two sides in the final league table, with Wanderers two points ahead of Leeds in 14th and 15th respectively.

All of the goals came after 45 minutes, with Joe Mason opening the scoring just before the break. Lukas Jutkiewicz, Zat Knight, Mark Davies and Andre Moritz added to the total, with Matt Smith scoring a consolation in the final minute.

See the highlights of this game below!

Opponent's Current Form

Leeds come into this weekend’s fixture with mixed form, but they have kept touch with the top of the table. They have lost two of their last five games, drawing one.

Leeds are sitting in third at the moment, just two points of the summit with a game in hand, meaning they can rise back up to the top of the table.

United have had a tough run of recent fixtures, with Norwich, Middlesbrough and Swansea coming up against Saturdays hosts. They fell to defeat against Norwich at Elland Road, 3-1, recovered with a draw at the Riverside and most recently beat Swansea 2-1 at home.

A New Face at Elland Road

Leeds may not have been as active as they wanted to be in January, with a few reported deals ending incomplete, but they did recruit a serial Champions League winner.

Kiko Casilla was brought in to be the club’s new number one, having spent four years at Spanish giants Real Madrid. During his time in the capital he won La Liga, the Spanish Super Cup, the Champions League three times, the European Super Cup twice and the Club World Cup three times.

He is yet to keep a clean sheet for his new side but has two wins to his name in just four games.

Ticket Information

Only fans with a previous booking history with the club will be able to purchase tickets for this weekend's game against Leeds. There will be NO pay on the day available at Elland Road.

Kicking off at 3pm, tickets will be available from Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 2pm on Friday 22 February, subject to availability.

The prices for the game are as follows:

Adults: £39

Over-60s: £26

Under-23s: £26

Disabled: £26

Under-16s: £18

Under-11s: £9

Official coach travel is available, costing £18 per person. All coaches depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 11:30am.

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Report: Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

23 February 2019

A battling display from Bolton Wanderers was not enough to earn them a deserved point as they suffered a narrow defeat at high-fliers Leeds United.

Although Mark Beevers’s fourth goal of the campaign cancelled out Patrick Bamford’s opener, a rather fortunate second-half goal from Ezgjan Alioski gifted the hosts all three points.

But Wanderers can take a lot of heart and encouragement from their performance as they battled right until the end to try and salvage a draw.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made two changes to his staring XI with Joe Williams and Gary O’Neil coming in for Luke Murphy and Josh Vela who were both named among the substitutes.

First Half

The game sparked into life in the third minute when Leeds ‘keeper Kiko Casilla made a stunning save at the expense of a corner to deny a powerful Josh Magennis header from close range after the big Northern Irishman latched onto Callum Connolly’s left sided pinpoint cross.

Just moments later Remi Matthews made an equally important save after Ezgjan Alioki’s deep free kick looked to be looping goalwards.

Wanderers were looking good on the counter attack and with Magennis and Donaldson both up top the midfield had plenty of options as they looked to press forward.

A contentious penalty was awarded to the home side after 15 minutes when Tyler Roberts was adjudged to have been upended by Gary O’Neil as he burst in the box. Wanderers hotly disputed the decision but Patrick Bamford sent Matthews the wrong way to put the hosts in front from the spot.

A deserved equaliser came Wanderers’ way just seven minutes later when Mark Beevers stabbed home from close range after the hosts failed to deal with a loose ball following David Wheater’s header being cleared off the line from O’Neil’s corner.

It was no less than Wanderers deserved and the strike, Beevers’s fourth of the campaign, shoicked the vociferous home support in silence.

The visitors were certainly having the better of their opponents when it came to set pieces, and Donaldson should have done better when O’Neil floated a free-kick into the box.

Another set-piece and another chance came for Wanderers. This time Magennis got to Noone’s delivery with his back to goal and the striker’s volley on the turn went narrowly wide.

Meanwhile, at the other end Matthews was at his most alert to keep out Bamford at the second attempt.

The Wanderers keeper was in action again and made a stunning save to thwart Harrison’s close range header after a cross came in from the right.

The lively Bamford was denied at the near post by Matthews who palmed the striker’s effort away for a corner.

Second Half

Both teams started the second-half brightly to continue what had been an entertaining game so far.

Some clever play on the right involving Williams, Olkowski and O’Neil earned Wanderers a corner.

The hosts should have taken the lead shortly afterwards when Ayling cut in from the right hand side but could only  curl his left footed effort beyond Matthews’ right hand stick.

Almost immediately and it was Wanderers who should have put their noses in front with a double chance. First up, Williams saw his shot batted back into the danger area by Casilla before Magennis headed the rebound back into the keeper’s hands.

Bamford spurned a glorious chance from close range to put his side in front when he failed to get a touch on a ball that came in from the right.

Leeds were stepping up the pressure but the Wanderers defence were holding firm.

From nowhere, though, the hosts took the lead on 68 minutes when a speculative effort from Alioski from distance clipped the underside of the cross bar before going over the line.

The goal had sparked Leeds back into life and Bamford was once again denied at the near post as the home side looked to increase their advantage.

Wanderers hadn’t given up hope of getting a point and substitute Sammy Ameobi was inches away from netting with a powerful left-footed drive after a smart one-two with fellow sub Will Buckley.

Full Time

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Olkowski, Noone (Buckley 81), Lowe, Beevers, Wheater, J, Williams (Murphy 85), Connolly, Donaldson (Ameobi 74), Magennis, O’Neil.

Subs Not Used: B. Williams, Little, Vela, Hobbs.

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Ticket News

No pay on the day for Leeds United

20 February 2019

Supporters are reminded that there will be NO pay on the day facility at Elland Road for Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet Championship clash with Leeds United.

Kicking off at 3pm, tickets will be available from Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 2pm on Friday 22 February, subject to availability.

Prices

Adults: £39

Over-60s: £26

Under-23s: £26

Disabled: £26

Under-16s: £18

Under-11s: £9

How To Buy

Phone – 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1) (available until 2pm on Friday 22 February, subject to availability)

In Person – Visit Bolton Central (available until 2pm on Friday 22 January, subject to availability)

After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Wanderers fans are advised not to travel unless they have a valid match ticket.

This fixture is an all ticket event.

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