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PREVIEW: Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday

All the info as Ian Evatt's men prepare to face play-off chasing Owls

8 April 2022

Wanderers are quickly back at the University of Bolton Stadium as they take on the high-flying Owls.

Ian Evatt’s men hit back to earn a point against Portsmouth on Tuesday night thanks to a Kieran Sadlier spot-kick.

The Whites have injury concerns to overcome but will be looking to turn one point into three after drawing two of their last three games at home, where they have lost just once in nine games.

While Wanderers pursue a top-10 finish, fifth-placed Wednesday are hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins to tie down a play-off spot as they look to bounce straight back to the Championship.

Quotes from the managers:

Ian Evatt: “No club has any entitlement to get promoted. They’ll be trying to get into the top six but so are a lot of clubs.

“Darren (Moore) is a wonderful man and he has them really well coached. It’ll be a real challenge but one we’re looking forward to.

“They’re flying high but we’ll do the best we can and whatever team we put out I expect us to be competitive. We’ve only lost three times since mid-January and I think that’s exceptional, really.”

Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore: "We are very proud of our home form but we have to look to improve away to keep our momentum going.

"It will be a good game tomorrow. Bolton play some wonderful attacking football and they will come at us. We have done our work and we must be ready to stand up and be counted."

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Team news:

Wanderers have been hit hard by injury problems with captain Ricardo Almeida Santos, midfielder Kyle Dempsey and top scorer Dapo Afolayan all ruled out with hamstring injuries picked up in mid-week.

Former Wednesday midfielder Kieran Lee isn’t yet ready to return following heel surgery and boss Ian Evatt also has a couple of other fitness concerns to contend with.

Wednesday are still without former Accrintgton, Wigan and Rangers forward Josh Windass.

But on-loan Preston defender Jordan Storey could return after missing the Owls' win over AFC Wimbledon last Saturday.

Form guide:

Wanderers are unbeaten in their last three games after coming from behind to secure 1-1 draws against Wigan and Portsmouth inside the last week.

The Whites have lost just three of their last 17 games but are seeking a first home win in four.

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Wednesday have climbed back into the play-off places on the back of successive home wins and have lost just one of their last nine games.

The Owls have taken one point from their last two away games and have the fewest number of away wins of the teams in the top six with six.

Last meeting:

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Wanderers | Saturday, 9 October, 2021

Wanderers missed out on a hat-trick of League One wins as when they drew a blank at Hillsborough.

The Whites dominated for long spells in an impressive performance but couldn’t make their superiority pay.

Ian Evatt’s men spurned a number of chances and were undone when Lee Gregory slotted home 20 minutes into the second half as Wednesday kicked off a 12-game unbeaten league run.

Wanderers: Dixon, Jones, Almeida Santos, Johnston, John, Williams, Lee, Sarcevic (Sheehan 74), Kachunga (Isgrove 74), Afolayan, Doyle (Bakayoko 74). Substitutes: Gordon, Baptiste, Thomason, Delfouneso.

Officials:

Referee: Carl Brook

Assistant referees: Dean Treleaven and Kevin Mulraine

Fourth official: Hristo Karaivanov

KO 3pm Saturday

Wanderers are expecting one of their biggest crowds of the season and tickets are still available to home fans who are official club members with details HERE


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