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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers

13 August 2018

Phil Parkinson’s men undergo their first cup fixture of the 2018/19 season, when his side take on Leeds United in the first round of the Carabao Cup. Five talking points were picked out by bwfc.co.uk ahead of the encounter.

1.      Last Time Out

When last coming up against Leeds, it was last season when the opponents took the spoils in a 2-1 defeat for the Whites at Elland Road.

Caleb Ekuban opened the scoring for the home side on four minutes, with Pablo Hernandez doubling the deficit just after the half time break.

Adam Le Fondre pulled one back for Wanderers straight after, as he expertly nodded home from a Sammy Ameobi free-kick.  

2.      Extending the unbeaten run

After taking four points from six available from the first two league fixtures, the Whites are looking to extend their unbeaten run to three games against United.

The last time Wanderers achieved this was in the 2017/18 season in March, drawing against Reading and Sheffield Wednesday before an Adam Le Fondre goal took the spoils against Aston Villa.

With two great results against West Brom and Bristol City to build on, the Trotters will be looking to take all that momentum into Tuesday.

3.      Opponent’s current form

Leeds come into this game with great form behind them, taking maximum points from their two opening Sky Bet Championship fixtures.

They opened up the season with an emphatic 3-1 victory against former Premier League side Stoke City.

The West Yorkshire side followed this up with a 4-1 win against Frank Lampard’s Derby County.

4.      New boss

This summer, there have been various new additions made by the club during the summer.

Marcelo Bielsa was appointed as manager of the club in June after the sacking of Paul Heckingbottom.

Following on from a three-year playing career in his native Argentina, this will be Bielsa’s 28th year in management.

During his time at Athletic Bilbao, he finished runner-up in the UEFA Europa League and Copa del Rey in 2011/12. He also won the gold medal with Argentina in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

He was appointed manager of Leeds in June 2018.

In terms of playing staff, full back Barry Douglas was brought in from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Scottish international was instrumental in gaining promotion to the top tier of English football for Wolves last season, playing 40 times in the league with five goals to his name.

As well as Douglas, striker Patrick Bamford signed from Middlesbrough in July. A former England youth international, Bamford was named Football League Championship Player of the Year in 2014/15 whilst playing for Middlesbrough on loan.

That season, he notched up 17 goals in 38 Sky Bet Championship games.

5.      Pay on the Day

Wanderers supporters will be able to buy tickets from the turnstiles at Elland Road, tomorrow evening, on a cash only basis.

Adult, over 60 and under 23 price bands will increase by £5 on the day. Tickets for under 16’s will remain at £1.

Advanced sales are still available via the phone lines & in person at Bolton Central until 10am on Tuesday 14th August, after which time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Season Ticket Holder/Members Match Day Prices (season or members card must be presented at the turnstiles)

Adults - £15.00

Over 60’s - £10.00

Under 23’s - £10.00

Under 16’s - £1.00

 

Non Season Ticket Holder/Members Match Day Prices

Adults - £20.00

Over 60’s - £15.00

Under 23’s - £15.00

Under 16’s - £1.00


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