PREVIEW: Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday

Ian Evatt will be back on the touchline as he looks to lead the Whites to another home win.

The Wanderers’ boss watched Tuesday night’s victory over Morecambe from the directors’ box as he served a one-match ban.

The three points secured against the Shrimps by Conor Bradley’s goal lifted Evatt’s men up to fourth place in the fledgling League One table, four places above Wednesday who are a point behind.

Manager quotes:

Ian Evatt: “It’s a big game, a big test. They are a very good team.

“Darren (Moore) is a great guy. One of the good guys in football and I think a lot of him.

“It’s going to be a really tough game – no doubt about that.

“I’m pleased (with the home form) but it’s very early days.

“We’re happy with where we are at but we know there’s more to come.

“We’ve got a really big week coming up now to finish this month strong.”

Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore:

“Bolton have started well, they are a team looking to make an impact in the division this season.

“They will be pleased with their start. It's a wonderful fixture for both teams tomorrow and we will have to be at our best to come away with anything.”

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Team news:

Wanderers will have captain Ricardo Almeida Santos back from suspension and striker Dion Charles is expected to be fit to re-join the squad after missing four games with a thigh injury.

Midfielder George Thomason serves the last match of his three-game ban and summer signing Eoin Toal has resumed training but is not yet involved after injury.

Wednesday completed a ninth summer signing with the addition of central defender Mark McGuiness on loan from Cardiff City. The 21-year-old former Arsenal youngster could be involved.

Another new recruit – ex-Rotherham striker Michael Smith – is ruled out through injury.

Midfielder Barry Bannan missed the Owls’ mid-week defeat at Peterborough but is set to return and defender Jack Hunt will be assessed after illness kept him out of the loss at London Road.

Defender Reece James is banned after being sent off at Peterborough.

Form guide:

Wanderers extended their unbeaten start to five games this season with Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Morecambe.

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Ian Evatt’s men – unbeaten in 12 League One matches including a 1-1 draw with Wednesday in April – are also aiming to become the first Wanderers’ side to start a season with three successive home league wins since 2016.

Wednesday tasted defeat for the first time this season with a 2-0 loss at Peterborough on Tuesday night after playing close to an hour with 10 men.

The Owls have won three of their first five games, including a Carabao Cup success over Sunderland who beat the South Yorkshiremen in last season’s play-off semi-finals.


Referee: Charles Breakspear

Assistant referee: Graeme Fyvie

Assistant referee: Simon Clayton

Fourth official: Matt Corlett

Kick-off: Saturday 3pm


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