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In Focus: Bolton Wanderers

2 November 2017

After back-to-back defeats at Carrow Road, Daniel Farke will be looking for his side to continue their positive recent away form when they take on Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

City’s momentum has been derailed over the past week after the defeats to Derby County and Wolves but they are still unbeaten on the road in the league since August.

Here’s what City can expect from their opponents on Saturday:

Key players
Goals have been an issue for Bolton over the majority of the season but after the recent upturn in results, finding the back of the net has occurred more and more, largely down to the efforts of Sammy Ameobi (pictured).

The former Newcastle United striker, 25, has scored three in his last four games and will prove a real threat up top for City to deal with.

Also in the attacking positions, journeyman Gary Madine has impressed for the Lancashire-side despite their overall troubles finding the net.

The former Sheffield Wednesday striker scored in the recent draw with Sunderland and has three goals to his name this season.

Other players to watch out for include midfielder Josh Vela, defender Mark Beevers and Reece Burke and Josh Cullen, both on loan from Premier League side West Ham United.

Form guide
It’s been a tough start to life back in the Sky Bet Championship for Phil Parkinson’s Bolton. They are currently bottom of the league standings, having only won once this season.

However, after losing eight games in a row through mid-August to the climax of September, Bolton arrested their negative streak with a victory over Sheffield Wednesday on October 14th.

Sammy Ameobi scored early on and the Trotters doubled their lead on the hour mark after a Sam Hutchinson own goal. Kieran Lee pulled one back soon after for Wednesday but Bolton managed to see out the remaining time for that elusive first league win.

Three draws in a row since that triumph have stretched Bolton’s unbeaten run to four. They drew 1-1 with QPR a week later and their match away at Fulham the following Saturday produced the same result.

Their last match was an entertaining 3-3 with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night. Bolton led 3-2 with ten minutes to play but Paddy McNair’s late equaliser prevented the Trotters picking up their second league win.

Previous meeting
The two sides last met in at the tail-end of the 2014-15 season with City knowing a victory would strengthen their grip on an automatic promotion spot in the Championship.

Bolton, too, had something to play for, the small matter of trying to stave off relegation to League One, and they went behind within ten minutes after a deflected free kick from Graeme Dorrans.

Adam Le Fondre equalised for Bolton ten minute after but City stole the points in stoppage time through a Gary Hooper strike.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Ben Alnwick, Mark Howard, Jake Turner
Defenders: Mark Little, Andrew Taylor, Dorian Dervite, Mark Beevers, Antonee Robinson, Derik Osede Prieto, Stephen Darby, David Wheater, Reece Burke, Cole Lonsdale
Midfielders: Josh Vela, Chris Taylor, Jem Karacan, Sammy Ameobi, Will Buckley, Craig Noone, Josh Cullen, Darren Pratley, Filipe Morais, Karl Henry
Forwards: Adam Le Fondre, Gary Madine, Aaron Wilbraham, Adam Armstrong

Coral are offering odds of 21/20 for City win this weekend. You can place your bet HERE


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