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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers vs Sheffield Wednesday

13 October 2017

As Wanderers return to action against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend after the October international break, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with the Owls.

1. Football is back

Club football returns to Macron Stadium on Saturday after the international break as Wanderers welcome Sheffield Wednesday to BL6.

Last time out, the Whites put in a spirited performance against Aston Villa and will be hungry to bounce back against Wednesday in front of their own fans.

Tickets are available for the game online, with fans able to buy in advance and print at home to avoid queues at Macron Stadium.

Click HERE to get your tickets and cheer on the Trotters this weekend.

2. Home debuts

Despite joining Bolton over two weeks ago, Karl Henry has yet to feature at Macron Stadium due to the aforementioned international break.

The experienced midfielder has caught the eye in the heart of the Trotters’ midfield, turning out against both Bristol City and Aston Villa, and will be looking to make a positive impression when he pulls on a Wanderers shirt for the first time at Macron Stadium this Saturday.

Sammy Ameobi started his first game of the season against Aston Villa and will be hoping to retain his place after an encouraging display against The Villans.

If the winger features against Sheffield Wednesday, he’ll be making his “second debut” at Macron Stadium with fans undoubtedly excited to see the popular forward back in action following his return from injury.

Elsewhere, Jeff King could also turn out at BL6 for the first time if selected after impressing in the Whites’ recent outings away at West Ham United and Bristol City.  

3. Injury returns

The international break has provided a positive for manager Phil Parkinson with a number of his first-team squad now back in contention for this weekend following spells on the sidelines.

Stephen Darby featured for David Lee’s Under-23 side on Monday night, while Derik Osede and Ben Alnwick are also fit.

Elsewhere, Josh Vela has been making good progress and will be looking to make his first appearance since suffering injury on the opening day of the season.

That leaves winger Will Buckley as the only player not fit for the weekend.

4. Beaten Wednesday once…

Bolton have already overcome the Owls once this season, having triumphed 3-2 in the second round of the Carabao Cup back in August.

Strikes from Dorian Dervite, Adam Armstrong and Jem Karacan saw the Trotters come out top in the five-goal thriller as they put in one of their best performances of the season.

Fingers crossed for a repeat performance on Saturday!

5. Tower FM Roadshow

Local radio stadium and iFollow BWFC commentary provider Tower FM will be providing fun and games outside Macron Stadium ahead of this Saturday’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Kicking off at 12pm in front of Bolton Central, Matt Munroe will be hosting the event with performances from Carol Godby, Jamie Wooding and Emila throughout the afternoon.

Two mascot packages are available to win for supporters between the ages of five and 13 who turn up to the roadshow in full 2017/18 kit before 1.30pm.

There will also be a number of games including Beat The Intro, a penalty shoot-out and Musical Statues, with Lofty and Lofty Junior joining in the fun.

Prizes will be on offer too, with tickets for the upcoming fixture against Queens Park Rangers as well as hospitality places available to win.

Will Buckley will also be making an appearance from 2.15pm onwards.

Elsewhere, FIFA 18 has been installed on our Xbox One consoles supplied by GAME Bolton in our Carrs Pasties Family Stand, providing supporters with plenty of reason to turn up to Macron Stadium earlier to cheer on Wanderers this weekend!


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