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Match Previews

Match Preview: Blackpool (H)

6 October 2019

Wanderers welcome Simon Grayson’s Blackpool to the University of Bolton Stadium on Monday evening.

Blackpool currently sit fifth in Sky Bet League One at the time of writing and they are unbeaten in their last three matches.

Their last game against Lincoln City ended in a 2-1 victory for the Seasiders, with Sean Scannell and Jordan Thompson on the scoresheet.

Team News

Following on from our last game against Blackpool in the Trophy last Tuesday, manager Keith Hill confirmed that all his players came through, with no new injury concerns for him and his staff to think about.

New signing Joe Dodoo could be in line to make his debut for the club, following his signing last Thursday.

Head to Head

Wanderers and Blackpool have faced each other a whopping 107 occasions since the first encounter back in 1896, with us coming out on top in 43 of those meetings.

The two teams have drawn on 31 occasions and Blackpool have 33 victories to their name in clashes between the two sides.

The last time the two teams met at the University of Bolton Stadium was not so long ago in the Football League Trophy, in October 2016.

We came out on top with a 1-0 victory, as Sammy Ameobi scored on the fourth minute to earn Wanderers the three points.

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Blackpool are the favourites heading into this one. The away side are fancied to take this one by Sky Bet and are priced at 3/4 at the time of writing.

Wanderers are priced at 10/3 to register a first victory of the 2019/20 campaign and you can get the draw at 13/5.

Man in the Middle:

John Busby will be the referee for this evening’s Sky Bet League One clash with Blackpool.

He has officiated 11 matches this season with his latest a 2-0 home victory for Burton Albion against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.

This season, he has dished out 41 yellow cards and four red cards.

During his five seasons in the professional refereeing ranks, Busby has never taken charge of a Wanderers fixture before.

Graeme Fyvie and Chris Isherwood will act as his assistants, with Robert Lewis the fourth official for this evening’s fixture.

Key Men for the Seasiders:

When looking at the Blackpool side, Armand Gnanduillet and Liam Feeney are names that stand out for Grayson’s men.

Midfielder Feeney is no stranger to Wanderers fans, having spent two years at Bolton (2014-2016) following a successful loan spell at the University of Bolton Stadium.

He currently tops the assists chart in the entirety of Sky Bet League One, chalking up seven assists so far this campaign.

Looking to Gnanaduillet, the Ivorian is the Seasiders current top goal scorer in all competitions, with six goals to his name.

He started off the season in fantastic form, scoring five goals in his first seven outings in this division.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Blackpool

8 October 2019

A determined performance from Wanderers secured important point in a hard-fought match against local rivals Blackpool at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Wanderers’ showed yet another solid defensive display as they claimed their second clean sheet in five games under boss Keith Hill.

The manager made just one change to his side that narrowly lost to Portsmouth, Denis Politic coming in for the injured Will Buckley.

Wanderers started brightly when Dennis Politic managed to work some space down the right, but his out-swinging cross was headed clear.

Blackpool then had a free kick in a dangerous area following a mistimed tackled from Liam Bridcutt, but the resulting cross led to a foul on ‘keeper Remi Matthews.

Thibaud Verlinden worked himself into enough space for a cross following a nice bit of skill but the eventual ball was slightly too high for Ali Crawford.

Wanderers continued to cause the visitors problems, Crawford finding the head of Jack Hobbs who could only direct his header straight into the gloves of Jak Alnwick, brother of Ben Alnwick.

Callum Guy’s cross found Feeney at back post after the ball evaded every Bolton defender but his resulting effort from close range thundered off the crossbar and out of danger.

Callum Guy’s deflected pass found Armand Gnanduillet in space in the centre of the box, but Hobbs did brilliantly to prevent the attacker from getting a shot off.

Then a fantastic tackle from Lowe allowed him to find Verlinden who slotted in Politic, however his shot was saved well by Alnwick.

Whites were then forced into an early substitution, with Sonny Graham coming on to replace the injured Bridcutt.

Moments later, we were treated to more great skill from Verlinden who managed to engineer enough space for the cross however the eventual ball evaded the head of Politic.

Crawford nearly replicated his stunning free-kick against Rochdale with a delightful effort which forced Alnwick into a diving save.

Wanderers started on the front in the second half, Daryl Murphy doing brilliantly to keep possession near the corner flag before finding Politic whose ambitious effort was deflected behind for a corner.

Joe Dodoo nearly scored with his first-ever touch for the Whites, but his header was deflected behind for yet another Bolton corner.

Once again Verlinden worked his magic to get a cross off but Dodoo struggled to make proper contact with his header.

Graham did excellently to beat his man down the right wing, but the younger’s cross fell straight to the Blackpool defender

Dodoo forced a great save from short range which was parried to a Whites attacker who picked out the striker again, however his second attempt flashed agonisingly wide of the far post.

Former Wanderers’ midfielder Jay Spearing powered a long-range effort following a defensive clearance, but his shot went wide of the target.

Verlinden expertly found Daryl Murphy whose effort forced a brilliant block from Curtis Tilt who could only redirect his strike for a corner.

Wanderers endured a lot of late pressure from the Seasiders, conceding four consecutive corners, however, they managed to hold on for a well-deserved point.

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Ticket News

Ticket Information For Blackpool Fixture

22 September 2019

Tickets for Bolton Wanderers’ Sky Bet League One fixture against Blackpool at the University of Bolton Stadium, which will take place on Monday 7 October, will go on sale from 9am on Monday.

All home areas of the University of Bolton Stadium will be open for Wanderers fans with tickets priced at £20 for adults and £10 for all concessions.
Supporters are encouraged to book their tickets on line by visiting and using the Print at Home/Digital Ticket functions.
Matchday ticket prices for the rest of the league campaign will remain at £20 for adults and £10 for all concessions.
Season tickets, which will commence from the Blackpool game, are currently on sale and offer the most cost effective way of watching Keith Hill and David Flitcroft’s Super White Army in Sky Bet League One action.
Bolton Wanderers supporters will be able to watch Keith Hill and David Flitcroft’s Super White Army at the University of Bolton Stadium from as little as £12.71 per game when they purchase a season ticket ahead of the Blackpool game.
Click here for more information about season tickets.

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