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🗞️ Preview: Walsall vs. Bolton Wanderers

11 December 2020

Wanderers are back on the road tomorrow with a trip to the Midlands to face Walsall at the Banks's Stadium in Sky Bet League Two.

Pre-Match Quotes: 

Ian Evatt: "We’re treating last week as a one off and an an anomaly and we’re going forward into the rest of December with the good work that we put in during November."

'We’ve got some good tests and some good games to look forward to and hopefully we’ll play like we did in November and not like we did on Saturday."

 

Darrell Clarke: "They’ve got experience in there – Sarcevic, Doyle, Santos at the back and Gilks in goal."

"They’ve got a lot of experience and a mixture of younger players which will probably be the balance of most squads in League Two but the name’s a big name in League Two. A team that was formerly a Premier League club that is fighting hard to get back up the pyramid."

 

How to watch:

Wanderers supporters can watch the game against Walsall by purchasing an iFollow BWFC video match pass for just £10.

An iFollow BWFC video match pass will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with the entire match streamed through any compatible laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device in the United Kingdom.

Click here to purchase your pass.

 

Team News:

Harry Brockbank is nearing a return to action but isn't likely to be involved at Walsall. Likewise with Andrew Tutte; he's progressing well with his recovery but won't be fit for Saturday.

Dennis Politic and Liam Edwards remain on the sidelines with long-term injuries. 

In the Walsall camp, attacker Josh Gordon recently returned from a medial knee injury and could be in contention to start on Saturday.

Former Wanderers loanee Danny Guthrie is likely to be involved whilst fellow midfielder George Nurse hasn't been involved since late October and is expected to miss out. 

 

Bookies Odds:

Walsall win: 6/5

Draw: 23/10

Bolton Wanderers win: 21/10

Correct as of 11/12/2020 (10pm) on skybet.com

 

Form:

Wanderers' run of five consecutive victories came to an end with a bizarre 6-3 home defeat to Port Vale last weekend but haven't tasted defeat on the road since a 4-0 loss to Leyton Orient on Halloween. 

Ian Evatt's men have recorded back-to-back away victories from their last two fixture on the road at Stevenage and Scunthorpe United. 

A run of four losses in a row for Walsall came to an end with a draw at Newport County and they're now three without defeat following a draw with Stevenage and an away victory at Tranmere Rovers last weekend. 

 

Last time out:

The last two encounters between the two sides have produced 12 goals. Wanderers met Walsall at the University of Bolton Stadium in an FA Cup 3rd Round tie in January 2019. A Josh Magennis hat-trick helped to secure progress to the next stage.

The last league encounter was also in BL6 and Phil Parkinson's Wanderers registered a 4-1 victory in February 2017 thanks to goals from Gary Madine, Liam Trotter, Chris Long and a James O'Connor own-goal.

September 2016 was the last time the two sides met at the Banks's Stadium and a Jason McCarthy effort secured a 1-0 victory for the Saddlers on that afternoon.

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Assistant Referees: Mark Jones and Wade Smith

Fourth Official: Jonathan Hunt 


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