🗞️ Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Burton Albion

Wanderers are in front of the Sky Sports television cameras this Monday evening, with a Sky Bet League One encounter against Burton Albion at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Ian Evatt’s men tasted defeat in their last league encounter at Cambridge United nine days ago, although the team responded with a victory in the Papa John’s Trophy against Port Vale last Tuesday.

Albion flew out of the blocks at the start of the current campaign with three league victories in a row – against Shrewsbury Town, Ipswich Town, and Sunderland. However, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s have picked up just a point from their last two league fixtures, with defeat at Cambridge United followed by a draw at home against Cheltenham Town.


Pre-match quotes: From the boss

Ian Evatt: “We have to concentrate on ourselves. We give the opposition respect and of course, do due diligence on them. They’ve had a very good start. We’ll give the lads an outline on what to expect but it’s more about what we do.”


Team News:

In his pre-match press conference, manager Ian Evatt has confirmed that Declan John will miss the clash with Burton Albion with illness, so Liam Gordon is likely to deputise at left-back.

Long-term absentees Xavier Amaechi and Amadou Bakayoko miss out, whilst the fixture likely comes too soon for Will Aimson to be involved.


Tickets and Travel

Wanderers' supporters will be able to purchase tickets directly from the turnstiles at Block M of the Carrs Pasties North Stand lower tier, ahead of tonight’s 8pm kick-off against Burton Albion.

Tickets will be sold on a cash-only basis, as the turnstiles will be opening from 6.45pm.

Prices for the fixture are as follows;

Adults - £21.00

Over 65s/Under 23s - £16.00

Under 18s - £10.00         

Under 12s - £8.00

Supporters can avoid the matchday queues altogether by purchasing tickets for the fixture, online HERE & taking advantage of the club’s Digital Ticket & Print at Home facility.

Visiting supporters from Burton Albion can also purchase tickets on the turnstiles at block E of the Franking Sense South Stand lower tier. Again, tickets will be sold on a cash-only basis.

We encourage supporters to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues.

COVID Protocols

The club wants to reassure everybody that your safety and well-being and that of our colleagues are of paramount importance.

We, therefore, encourage supporters attending this fixture to take a lateral flow test during the 24-48 hour period leading up to this game.

Details on ordering a lateral flow test can be found at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

If the test is positive then you should follow the guidance issued by the Government, arrange a PCR Test, and self-isolate.

Please do not visit the University of Bolton Stadium if you display any of the published COVID-19 symptoms.

There will be plenty of hand sanitizers throughout the stadium and we advise you to frequently wash your hands.

Also please aim to stay in your seat throughout the match and endeavour not to congregate in the concourse areas should you wish to purchase refreshments from the kiosks.

Although the wearing of facemasks is no longer mandatory we would encourage everyone to wear a mask while in the concourse or visiting the toilets.


Last Time Out

Wanderers’ trip to the Pirelli Stadium was the last fixture before the season was curtailed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Ryan Delaney fired Keith Hill’s side into an early lead before Jamie Murphy’s equaliser shortly afterward.

Ethan Hamilton restored Bolton’s lead before the break, but Murphy scored again for the Brewers in the second half, with both teams having to settle for a point apiece.

Burton Albion 2-2 Bolton Wanderers | Tuesday 10 March 2020

Line-Up: Matthews, Emmanuel, Bryan, Nsiala, Delaney, Fleming, Hamilton (Mellis 89), L. Murphy, Crawford (Darcy 79), Politic (Georgiou 68), Dodoo.

Unused Subs: Alexander, Brockbank, Bunney, Faal.


Match Officials:

Referee: Joshua Smith

Assistants: James Wilson and Robert Merchant

Fourth Official: Marc Edwards

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