Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Queens Park Rangers

Bolton Wanderers take on Queens Park Rangers this Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship at the University of Bolton Stadium. With that said, have picked out five talking point ahead of the fixture.

Game to remember

Wanderers fans, let take you back to March 2012.

Former Whites forward Owen Coyle was in charge at the time as his side entertained Mark Hughes’s QPR.

Captain Darren Pratley opened the scoring with a powerful header on the brink of half-time, before Djibril Cisse levelled proceedings on the 48th minute after a deflected pass found its way to the Frenchman.

But, with four minutes of regular time to go, former Croatian international (and goal machine) Ivan Klasnic came up with the goods for the Whites and earned his team three points.

To watch highlights of the game, watch below:

New faces

Since the Whites last faced Queens Park Rangers, a number of new players have arrived at Loftus Road.

On a permanent basis, a defensive restructuring has taken place with six defenders coming into the club in the summer.

Out of those names, notable arrivals include Angel Rangel from Swansea City, Toni Leistner from Union Berlin and the loan signing of Geoff Cameron from Stoke City.

Despite playing in the Premier League for the last seven seasons, Rangel is no stranger to this division.

He was a member of the 2010/11 Swansea side that gained promotion to the top flight via the play-offs.

Looking across the back line, and a relative unknown name for some Wanderers fans could be German man Leistner.

The centre-back made over 100 appearances for ‘Die Eisernen’ in the 2. Bundesliga, before making the move to England with the R’s this summer.

In the striking department, loan signings Nahki Wells and Tomer Hemed were brought in from Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Bermudan international Wells rose to prominence began at Bradford City, where he won promotion to League One via the play-offs in 2012/13. In addition to that, finished as runner-up in Football League Cup with the Bantams the same campaign.

On the other hand, Hemed comes in with a fantastic record at both club and national level. With 16 goals in 32 games for his country Israel, the Hoops will be hoping he can produce the goods this season.

New man at the helm

With a new season comes a new man in charge for QPR, in the form of former England boss Steve McClaren.

Taking the role in May 2018, McClaren has had assistant manager roles at Manchester United and England in the early 2000s, before taking his first managerial role at Middlesbrough.

He led his Boro side to the Football League Cup Final, where his side beat Wanderers 2-1 to secure the trophy.

From there, he had notable spells as manager of England, FC Twente, VfL Wolfsburg and Newcastle United.

Opponent’s current form

Looking to the start our opponents have had this Sky Bet Championship season, they currently sit 22nd in the table.

In their first four games of the season, McClaren’s side hadn’t picked up a point. However, with a victory of Wigan Athletic and a 0-0 draw against Birmingham City, the Hoops come into this game unbeaten in two league matches.

Tickets still available

Tickets are still available for Bolton Wanderers’ home fixture against Queens Park Rangers on September 15.

With Wanderers currently sitting eighth in the Sky Bet Championship, we need your support to get behind the boys and create a cauldron of noise as you can make the difference! 

Ticket Prices

  • 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.

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