Phil Parkinson’s men come up against Derby County this weekend at the University of Bolton Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.
With that being said, bwfc.co.uk have previewed the fixture with five important talking points to consider.
1. Injury News
Full back Andrew Taylor is struggling with a calf problem he picked up against Preston North End, while winger Sammy Ameobi is sidelined with an ankle injury that he suffered against Queens Park Rangers.
However, replacements are in line for Phil Parkinson’s side, with the likes of Jonathan Grounds impressing against Ipswich Town this previous weekend.
As well as this, options are plentiful for the gaffer out wide, with Craig Noone, Yanic Wildschut, Will Buckley and Erhun Oztumer vying for their spots in the starting 11.
2. Frank Lampard, new man in charge
A fresh face is at the helm of the Rams, in the form of former Chelsea and England centurion midfielder Frank Lampard.
Third all-time in Premier League appearances and highest scoring midfielder in terms of top flight goals, Lampard’s playing resume speaks for itself.
After calling it quits to his playing days in February 2017 and a stint as a pundit, Lampard took over the reins at Derby County in May of this year.
His start to life as the boss has been a good one, with the Rams sitting sixth in the Sky Bet Championship on 16 points, only two behind league leaders Leeds United.
To add to that, Lampard’s side managed to knock Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup Third Round on penalties this past week.
3. New Faces at Pride Park
Looking around the Derby County dressing room and the new man in charge has certainly been busy in the transfer market.
Jack Marriott joined the club from Peterbrough United in late July and has already made quite the impression on the fans at Pride Park.
He scored his debut goal at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup that put Derby into the lead against Premier League opposition Manchester United.
Current Chelsea loanee Mason Mount joined in the summer until the end of the season and has had international recognition due to his excellent start on loan in Derbyshire.
The attacking midfielder has five goals in 12 appearances for the Rams and resulting from this, he was called up to the England U21 squad earlier this season.
Another loanee who has already left Rams fans salivating is Liverpool man Harry Wilson.
With only six games played in Derby colours, Wilson has already showed signs of what he can do in recent games with two goals in his last two appearances.
A memorable moment for Wilson and the Rams faithful is undoubtedly his stunning freekick against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup Third Round.
From the dead ball position, the forward left United’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero as a mere spectator as he struck an unstoppable effort into the top corner and celebrated as only a Liverpudlian can do at Old Trafford!
4. A game to remember
The scene is January 2, 2008, and Derby County are the opponents at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Heading into injury time and it looked as if the points were going to be shared between the sides.
However, a Greek midfielder had something to say about that, with Stelios Giannakopoulos latching onto a long ball forward by Jussi Jaaskelainen, chipping an onrushing Lewis Price before nodding it home to leave Derby fans stunned.
To see the goal in all its glory, click the link below!
5. Back the boys this Saturday!
Tickets are still available for Bolton Wanderers’ home fixture against Derby County this weekend.
With the Whites coming off the back of a well-earned point against Ipswich Town, your support could make all the difference heading into this weekend’s clash with Frank Lampard’s men.
Ticket Prices are as follows:
- Adults from £26
- Over-65s from £20
- Under-23s from £20
- Under-18s: £12
- Under-12s: £10
Tickets can be purchased online HERE, in person at Bolton Central or over the phone on 0844 871 2932.