Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Oxford United

Wanderers are back at home tonight in a Sky Bet League One clash at the University of Bolton Stadium. The opponents? Oxford United.

Team News

Wanderers boss Keith Hill confirmed that Harry Brockbank will be missing for a short amount time with injury in yesterday’s press conference, with other knocks in the camp touched on also.

Who would you like to see if your starting line-up for today’s clash? Tweet @OfficialBWFC using the hashtag #BWFC and let us know what you think!

Head to Head

Wanderers and Oxford have faced each other on 22 occasions, with us coming out on top in 8 of those contests.

The two teams have drawn on 8 occasions and Oxford have 7 victories to their name in clashes between the two sides. Their last win against Wanderers coming back in October 2016 in a 2-0 away victory.

Last time out, Wanderers took the spoils in a 4-2 victory live on Sky Sports, with Filipe Morais, Mark Beevers, Josh Vela and a Chey Dunkley own goal securing the three points.

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 Wanderers’ Manager, Keith Hill.

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

At the time of writing, Oxford are the favourites heading into this one. The away side are fancied to be victorious by Sky Bet and are priced at 3/10.

Wanderers are priced at 8/1 to register a win and you can get the draw at 4/1.

Man in the Middle:

Paul Marsden will be the referee for this evening’s Sky Bet League One clash against Karl Robinson’s men.

The Lancashire based referee is a relative newcomer to the professional game and is currently in his third season.

His first match as a referee came back in August 2017, when he oversaw 4-1 National League victory for Maidenhead United at AFC Fylde – handing out four yellow cards, he also sent-off Fylde defender Josh Langley after 23 minutes. Dave Tarpey scored all four goals for Maidenhead on that evening.

He has never refereed a Bolton game and for this evening’s clash he will be assisted by Matthew Jones and Wade Smith, with Richard Wild appointed as the fourth official for this evening’s fixture.

Key Man for the U’s – Cameron Brannagan

Oxford United will be looking towards the likes of midfielder Cameron Brannagan in this evening’s fixture.

The former Liverpool academy graduate joined the U’s back in 2018 on a permanent basis, following on from a successful loan spell at Fleetwood Town the previous season.

With five goals in competitions to his name already and a helping hand from former Wanderers man James Henry, look to him to be one of the driving forces behind Karl Robinson’s men.

On Camera – Thibaud Verlinden

On camera. We had Thibaud Verlinden come to the University of Bolton Stadium yesterday to talk about his aims during a loan spell from Stoke City, his rocket like goal against Rotherham United and tonight's clash against Oxford United.

Take a look at what he had to say here!



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