Match Preview: Rotherham United vs. Bolton Wanderers

Wanderers head on the road in a Sky Bet League One clash at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, the home of Rotherham United.

Team News

Wanderers have a whole host of new names to choose from today, after completing nine signings on deadline day.

Following on from his road traffic accident, Joe Bunney is out of contention for the foreseeable future.

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 Rotherham have faced each other on 41 occasions, with us coming out on top in 10 of those contests.

The two teams have drawn on 14 occasions and Rotherham have 17 victories to their name in clashes between the two sides. Their last win against Wanderers coming back in January 1997 in the old First Division.

In recent history, games between the two teams have ended in a 2-2 and 0-0 draw, when they met in the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One season.

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, Rotherham are the favourites heading into this one. The away side are fancied to be victorious by Sky Bet and are priced at 2/5.

Wanderers are priced at 6/1 to register a win and you can get the draw at 7/2.

Man in the Middle:

Sebastian Stockbridge will be the referee for this afternoon’s Sky Bet League One clash against Paul Warne’s men.

The North-East based referee has officiated six matches this season. He last took charge of a Sky Bet League Two fixture between Northampton Town and Plymouth Argyle, where he dished out five cautions during a 3-1 victory for the Cobblers.

This will be the first time that Stockbridge will take charge of a Wanderers game since March 2017, where he officiated a 2-0 away win against Shrewsbury Town.

David Plowright and Richard Woodward will act as his assistants, with Ian Smedley the fourth official for tonight’s fixture.

Key Man for the Millers – Freddie Ladapo

Rotherham United will be looking to main attacking threat Freddie Ladapo for goals this afternoon, after the Millers broke their transfer record to sign the striker.

Ladapo is coming off the back of a very successful personal season at former club Plymouth Argyle. Despite the club getting relegated, the former Crystal Palace man scored 19 goals in all competitions, the sixth highest marksman in the division that season.

Spectator Information

A message to visiting spectators attending the AESSEAL New York Stadium tomorrow for our clash against Rotherham United in Sky Bet League One.

"Rotherham United would like to welcome all Bolton Wanderers supporters attending the fixture at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday.  

"In order to try and create a safe event for all people attending there will be specially trained detection dogs on duty in and around the stadium that are trained to detect both pyrotechnics and illegal drugs. Anyone found trying to enter the stadium with either of these banned items will be refused entry and handed over to the Police who will take further action. Amnesty bins will be positioned around the outside of the stadium.

"There are very few pubs in the town centre that accept away fans and so if supporters wish to venture down to the stadium earlier, we have internal bars that will be serving hot food and refreshments from 1:30pm. Please note that that alcohol will only be served up until kick off and not at half time.

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