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Match Previews

Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Oxford United

17 September 2019

Wanderers are back at home tonight in a Sky Bet League One clash at the University of Bolton Stadium. The opponents? Oxford United.

Team News

Wanderers boss Keith Hill confirmed that Harry Brockbank will be missing for a short amount time with injury in yesterday’s press conference, with other knocks in the camp touched on also.

Who would you like to see if your starting line-up for today’s clash? Tweet @OfficialBWFC using the hashtag #BWFC and let us know what you think!

Head to Head

Wanderers and Oxford have faced each other on 22 occasions, with us coming out on top in 8 of those contests.

The two teams have drawn on 8 occasions and Oxford have 7 victories to their name in clashes between the two sides. Their last win against Wanderers coming back in October 2016 in a 2-0 away victory.

Last time out, Wanderers took the spoils in a 4-2 victory live on Sky Sports, with Filipe Morais, Mark Beevers, Josh Vela and a Chey Dunkley own goal securing 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 Wanderers’ 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

At the time of writing, Oxford are the favourites heading into this one. The away side are fancied to be victorious by Sky Bet and are priced at 3/10.

Wanderers are priced at 8/1 to register a win and you can get the draw at 4/1.

Man in the Middle:

Paul Marsden will be the referee for this evening’s Sky Bet League One clash against Karl Robinson’s men.

The Lancashire based referee is a relative newcomer to the professional game and is currently in his third season.

His first match as a referee came back in August 2017, when he oversaw 4-1 National League victory for Maidenhead United at AFC Fylde – handing out four yellow cards, he also sent-off Fylde defender Josh Langley after 23 minutes. Dave Tarpey scored all four goals for Maidenhead on that evening.

He has never refereed a Bolton game and for this evening’s clash he will be assisted by Matthew Jones and Wade Smith, with Richard Wild appointed as the fourth official for this evening’s fixture.

Key Man for the U’s – Cameron Brannagan

Oxford United will be looking towards the likes of midfielder Cameron Brannagan in this evening’s fixture.

The former Liverpool academy graduate joined the U’s back in 2018 on a permanent basis, following on from a successful loan spell at Fleetwood Town the previous season.

With five goals in competitions to his name already and a helping hand from former Wanderers man James Henry, look to him to be one of the driving forces behind Karl Robinson’s men.

On Camera – Thibaud Verlinden

On camera. We had Thibaud Verlinden come to the University of Bolton Stadium yesterday to talk about his aims during a loan spell from Stoke City, his rocket like goal against Rotherham United and tonight's clash against Oxford United.

Take a look at what he had to say here!



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Match Reports

Match Report: Bolton Wanderers vs. Oxford United

17 September 2019

Bolton Wanderers were unlucky not to come away with three points after being held to a goalless by Oxford United at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Keith Hill’s men put in an encouraging and entertaining display in front of the home crowd as they bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Rotherham United.
Making two changes from the trip to South Yorkshire with Will Buckley and Jason Lowe coming in for James Weir and Luke Murphy respectively.
Buckley, playing in a central role, had an outstanding evening and almost helped to pupt his side in front when he cut the ball back into the path of the dangerous Thibaud Verlinden whose shot was blocked. Almost immediately, Buckley latched onto a cross and saw his header fall   into the path of Oxford ‘keeper Simon Eastwood.
Wanderers’ bright start continued and Verlinden was in the fray once again this time seeing his low centre fall into the path of the impressive Adam Chicksen, with the fullback’s powerful drive going over the bar.
Buckley was proving to be problematic for the visitors defence and he was fouled in a dangerous area with Ali Crawford’s resulting free kick being held by Eastwood.
Wanderers survived a penalty appeal when Tariqe Fosu went down in the box but immediately afterwards Dennis Politic hammered a shot over the bar when Verlinden’s cross was cleared into his path.
The woodwork came to the rescue for the visitors when Buckley sprang the offside trap to race in on goal. His shot came off the underside of the cross bar before Josh Emmanuel followed up with a shot that was blocked.
The big full back launched then an attack which saw Jason Lowe switch the play to Verlinden who cut inside on his right foot and forcing a fine save from Eastwood.
The home side were well on top at the stage and Lowe was unfortunate not to get his first goal for Wanderers when  his low shot went narrowly wide after being teed up by Politic.
A rare opportunity fell to Oxford when former Wanderer James Henry hit a tame shot from the edge of the box which didn’t trouble Remi Matthews.
Matthews then made a save from Ben Woodburn after Josh Ruffels put in a dangerous cross from the left hand side.
The visitors were starting to get into the game a little more and Wanderers had Jake Wright to thank when he blocked Matt Taylor’s drive.
Matthews then pulled off a great save to thwart Rob Dickie after he was fed by Fosu.
Wright once again proved to be in the right place to deny Taylor after he slid in to dispossess the front man.
Not long after the restart and Matthew had to be alert to keep out a near post header from Brannagan,
Liam Bridcutt put in an imperious displayer in midfield and was seemingly everywhere on the park.
Eastwood held onto another effort from Verlinden who was proving to be a constant menace.
Lowe almost gave his side a deserved lead on 74 minutes when his thunderous strike was tipped over the bar by Eastwood.
Weir, who had earlier come on for the outstanding Verlinden, saw his shot deflect narrowly wide with just under ten minutes remaining.
Oxford held on and Wanderers were fully deserving of their clean sheet and on another evening would have picked up a comfortable victory.

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