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21 September 2019 Venue University of Bolton Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Sunderland

20 September 2019

Another weekend of football awaits tomorrow, with Wanderers no exception as they welcome Sunderland to the University of Bolton Stadium, kick off 3pm.

Team News

Wanderers have a couple of long standing injuries on the sidelines, with gaffer Keith Hill stating Friday morning that Daryl Murphy was the closest to returning out of the injured lads, with no clear timescale given.

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

Head to Head

Wanderers and Sunderland have faced each other on 50 occasions, with us coming out on top in 35 of those contests.

The two teams have drawn on 35 occasions and Sunderland have 62 victories to their name in clashes between the two sides. Their last win against Wanderers came back in October October 2011 in an away victory for the Black Cats.

Last time out, Wanderers took the spoils in a 1-0 victory in February 2018, as a Zach Clough goal was the sole difference maker in that clash.

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).

Betting Odds

At the time of writing, Sunderland are the favourites heading into this one. The away side are fancied to be victorious by Sky Bet and are priced at 1/3.

Wanderers are priced at 11/2 to register a win and you can get the draw at 18/5.

Man in the Middle:

Ollie Yates will be the referee for tomorrow afternoon’s Sky Bet League One clash against Jack Ross’s men.

The Staffordshire based referee is in his fifth season in the professional game.

He has refereed six games so far this season, with his last game a 0-0 draw between Ipswich Town and Doncaster Rovers and Yates producing six yellow cards.

Key Man for the The Black Cats – Chris Maguire

Sunderland forward Chris Maguire has certainly been on top form this season for Jack Ross' men.

The striker has netted four goals this season and is leading the top goalscorers list for the Black Cats, with an impressive hat-trick coming against AFC Wimbledon being a highlight of the campaign so far.

With the Scottish international aided by the midfield playmaking prowess of Aiden McGeady and Luke O'Nien to name a few, Wanderers will certainly have to be at their best to stop this Wearside based side's attack.

On Camera – Keith Hill

Wanderers boss Keith Hill previews this weekend's home Sky Bet League One clash with Sunderland. Watch the FULL interview HERE.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers vs. Sunderland

21 September 2019

Keith Hill’s men were denied their first victory of the Sky Bet League One campaign after Aiden McGeady’s injury time penalty cancelled out Jack Hobbs’ opener to send both teams home with a shared point.

Substitute Yoan Zouma inadvertently handled in his own box just moments after the fourth official indicted five minutes of added time were to be played.

McGeady sent his spot kick emphatically past the previously unbeatable Remi Matthews to salvage a point for the Black Cats.

Hobbs’ first goal of the season looked to have been enough for the hosts who were excellent value for their lead.

Manager Hill had kept the same starting XI from the side that drew against Oxford United in midweek – and it wasn’t long before they showed the same impressive attacking intent that entertained the University of Bolton Stadium faithful that evening.

Both Thibaud Verlinden and Dennis Politic on opposing flanks were full of trickery and positivity and seldom gave the Sunderland full backs any respite.

Matthews had another standout performance for Wanderers and made several crucial stops throughout the contest.

Indeed, he was pressed into action early on and came racing off his line to get thwart George Dobson who had been played in by Denver Hume.

A clever step over by Politic saw him create some space to carve a shooting opportunity which culminated in him striking the post.

Will Grigg should have done better when he latched on to Chris Maguire’s right sided cross only to place his header wide.

Lynden Gooch found Grant Leadbitter in acres of space but the midfielder sent his 20-yarder over the bar.

The visitors were now starting to find their feet and Matthews was on top form to keep out Maguire who had been set up by Gooch.

Tom Flanagan then headed wide as the Black Cats were looking to capitalise on their spell of pressure.

The dynamic Jason Lowe, who was excelling in midfield alongside the outstanding Liam Bridcutt, narrowly volleyed wide after cushioning the ball on his chest from Verlinden’s smart centre.

The on-loan Belgian winger was certainly having the better of Hume and after cutting inside the Sunderland full back he hit his shot just wide of goal.

Hume was replaced during the interval after enduring a torrid time with Conor McLaughlin coming on.

Then Wanderers took a deserved lead after Verlinden’s free kick on the far side was headed across goal by Buckley allowing Hobbs to stab home from close range.

Moments later, the visitors thought they had equalised when Luke O’Nien turned Maguire’s cross towards goal only for Matthews to keep out the strike with the assistance of a past.

The visitors were upping the tempo and wasted several more chances as the game appeared to be slipping away from them.

In Matthews they found a keeper in top form and his double save to keep out McGeady’s curling strike and another block to prevent Gooch shortly afterwards was nothing short of sublime.

But Sunderland had the last laugh when their persistence resulted in Zouma’s unfortunate error of judgement allowed McGeady to slam home from six yards to get a point for the visitors.

Wanderers XI: Matthews Emmanuel, Lowe, Hobbs, Wright, Buckley, Crawford, Chicksen, Verliden, Politic, Bridcutt (C)

Subs: Alexander, Murphy, Weir, Darcy, Zouma, Brown, Senior.

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