Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday

Bolton Wanderers take on Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday 12 March. With that in mind, have produced five talking points ahead of this weekend's clash.

1. Squad Update

Phil Parkinson will have nearly a full squad to choose from, following on from his side's victory against Millwall last Saturday.

The trio of David Wheater, Jason Lowe and Craig Noone all return from suspension, to be in contention for a starting place in tomorrow's game.

Speaking to prior to the clash, assistant manager Steve Parkin also gave the following update regarding the condition of his squad: ‘The squad is in good form heading into tomorrow with nearly a full team to choose from.'

‘Obviously Yanic Wildschut is out of contention still and there's a few bumps and bruises but nothing serious at all.'

2. A game to remember

Bolton Wanderers 2 (Ameobi 10, Hutchinson OG 61) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Lee 68)

A superb curling effort from playmaking midfielder Sammy Ameobi and a Sam Hutchinson own goal were the difference makers’ last time out at the University of Bolton Stadium, with a Kieran Lee consolation not enough for the Owls.

Sammy Ameobi opened the scoring for Phil Parkinson’s men.

The wide man picked up the ball midway into the visitors half and went onto to drive towards the Owls goal, before cutting inside and whipping a shot into the bottom corner leaving Joe Wildsmith unable to get a hand to it.

Up until the half time interval, both sides had their fair share of chances.

A Mark Beevers header off the line denied Wednesday an equaliser, with winger Adam Reach looking certain to score and level it up.

A double substitution from Luhukay at half time looked to try and shake things up for our opponents, with Sam Hutchinson and Jordan Rhodes entering the fray.

The former of those replacements certainly did make a difference, as he latched onto the end of a Filipe Morais corner kick to inadvertently score Wanderers second of the game with an hour of the clash gone.

Near enough from the restart following this, Wanderers should have had the game sown up as striker Gary Madine missed from all of three yards, after getting onto the end of a pinpoint Josh Vela cross.

Against the run of play, Wednesday pulled one back through a Kieran Lee tap in, after Gary Hooper’s initial effort was handled by Morais in the build-up.

However it was not enough, as Parkinson’s men got a vital victory in the league.

To watch the highlights of this game, click on the YouTube video below:

3. In search for back to back home wins

This will be Wanderers second game in four days, with the team heading back to the University of Bolton Stadium to take on the Owls.

The Trotters come off the back of a fantastic performance and victory over Millwall last Saturday, with goals coming from Pawel Olkowski and Gary O'Neil securing the win for Phil Parkinson's team.

Tuesday evening, the Whites will be looking to complete back to back wins for the first time since August 2018, where Bolton beat both Reading and Birmingham City.

4. New era at Hillsborough - Steve Bruce

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At the beginning of February, Wednesday appointed Steve Bruce as their new manager, following the dismissal of Dutchman Jos Luhukay in December 2018.

After leading Aston Villa to the play-off final last season, Bruce was let go from his role as Villans boss in October last year.

Since taking charge, Bruce's side have not lost in his first eight games in charge.

His Owls have taken 14 points from a possible 24, drawing to Derby County 1-1 in their last time out.

5. Free Concessionary Season Card Upgrades

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday can do so free of charge.

Available to supporters in possession of Under-12, Under-18, Under-23, Over-65 and Over-75 season cards, fans are able to upgrade their ticket to a full adult for Tuesday’s clash with The Owls.

All adults wishing to use a concessionary season card simply has to present the card at the turnstile to gain entry to the stadium. No paper upgrade ticket will be needed for this fixture.

Tickets for the fixture remain on open sale and are available to purchase online & ‘Print at Home’ HERE.

Alternatively, tickets are also available over the phone on 0844 871 2932 or in person at Bolton Central.

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