Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Ipswich Town

Wanderers welcome Paul Lambert's Tractor Boys to the University of Bolton Stadium this weekend in a Sky Bet League One clash.

Since the beginning of the season, Ipswich have gone unbeaten in their first four games of the 2019/20 season. After a 1-0 victory on the road against Burton Albion on the opening day of the season, the Tractor Boys drew 1-1 with Sunderland at Portman Road. After this, a high scoring 2-2 draw away to Peterborough United followed, with the Suffolk based team coming into this clash off the back of a 2-1 home win against AFC Wimbledon.

Team News

Wanderers interim confirmed to that the same 21-man squad is available from last weekend's fixture against Tranmere Rovers.

Long term issues with defender Josh Earl and forward Connor Hall leave them unavailable, with Luke Edwards and Dennis Politic still dealing with ankle and hip injuries respectfully.

Head to Head

Wanderers and Ipswich Town have faced each other on 45 occasions, with us coming out on top in 13 of those contents.

The two teams have drawn on 12 occasions and Tranmere have 20 victories to their name in clashes between the two sides.

Ipswich are somewhat of a bogey team for the Whites, with Jimmy Phillips' men last recording a victory back in 2005, a 3-1 away victory in F.A Cup.

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 the caretaker manager, Jimmy Phillips.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Ipswich Town are the favourites heading into this one. At the time of writing, the away side are fancied to take all three points by Sky Bet and are priced at 1/14.

Wanderers are priced at 22/1 to register a first victory of the 2019/20 campaign and you can get the draw at 8/1.

Man in the Middle:


The Somerset based referee has been involved in the professional game for the past 11 years having overseen his first match back in August 2008, an exciting 6-3 clash between Oxford United and Eastbourne Borough, with the U’s coming out on top.

Johnson’s last league fixture was on August 13th – taking charge of Swansea City and Northampton Town in Sky Bet Championship, with the Swans taking that one 3-1. Despite coming into his twelfth year as an official, Johnson have never refereed a Bolton game.

Graeme Fyvie and Danny Gratton will act as his assistants, with Mark Cunliffe the fourth official for Saturday afternoon’s fixture.


Tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet League One home fixture against Ipswich Town are still on sale.

Tickets are priced at £20 for adults and £10 for all concessions.

Please note that only the lower tiers of the University of Bolton Stadium will be open.

Supporters are being strongly advised to book their tickets online by visiting and to use the Print At Home function - this is the most simple and convenient way to purchase match day tickets and avoid queueing at the collection windows tomorrow.

The Print At Home functionality allows supporters to have their match ticket sent direct to their designated email address, which can then be printed at home or at work.

Tickets must be collected in person from the collection windows, if the Print at Home delivery method is not selected. Please arrive early to collect your tickets.

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day, from the sales windows at the Ticket Office. The office will be open at 9am until 3pm. Again, we urge supporters to arrive early to avoid the potential long queues.

Any supporters who arrives at the Ticket Office after 2:30pm tomorrow, to purchase or collect tickets, will be in danger of missing kick off.​

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