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In Focus: City v Bolton

22 February 2018

The Canaries head into Saturday’s game against Bolton Wanderers on the back of only one defeat in 10 Sky Bet Championship matches, and buoyed by two late, late shows against Ipswich Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Daniel Farke’s men have been outstanding away from home, but have found things a little tougher at Carrow Road. Despite that, they’ve been beaten only twice in their last nine matches in front of their own fans.

Here’s what City can expect from Bolton, who triumphed 2-1 against Norwich at the Macron Stadium in early November.

KEY PLAYERS
Only Burton have scored fewer than Bolton’s 29 goals this season, and the Trotters were hampered further when they lost leading scorer Gary Madine to Cardiff City in the January transfer window.

Former Newcastle United forward Sammy Ameobi (pictured) often carries their biggest threat, and he has bagged four times in the Championship this season. He found the net three times in four games in October, while he scored a fine solo goal in a 1-0 victory over Bristol City earlier this month.

Wanderers suffered an injury blow when attacking midfielder Josh Vela, who has four assists to his name this season, went off with ankle ligament damage against QPR last week and he looks set for a spell on the sidelines.

The experienced Mark Beevers has impressed at the back, Karl Henry adds a stubborn streak to their midfield and strikers Zach Clough and Tyler Walker both arrived on loan from Nottingham Forest in January in a bid to address their goalscoring issues.

FORM GUIDE
A 17th-minute goal from Clough (pictured) was enough to give Bolton an important win over bottom-of-the-table Sunderland on Tuesday night. That 1-0 victory means they are four points above the drop zone in 19th.

It was Bolton’s second win in February, following Ameobi’s long-range drive against Bristol City at the Macron. That was followed by a creditable home draw against Fulham, before successive 2-0 defeats away at Cardiff City and QPR ahead of their win on Tuesday evening.

Bolton’s last away victory was at Bramall Lane, when Madine gave them a 1-0 win over Sheffield United on December 20. In fact, that was the Trotters only away win of the season so far, and their eight points – and nine goals – on the road is the worst in the division.

LAST MEETING AT CARROW ROAD
Bolton came away empty-handed from their last visit to Carrow Road in October 2014.

A Cameron Jerome brace gave City all three points in the Championship clash, with Lee Chung-yong netting a late consolation for the visitors.

Jerome opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he played a one-two with Jonny Howson before slotting past Andy Lonergan. Jerome then doubled City’s lead with 30 minutes remaining, heading home from a corner.

The win moved Neil Adams’ side up to third in the table, while Bolton remained in the bottom three of the Championship.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Ben Alnwick, Mark Howard, Jake Turner
Defenders: Mark Little, Andrew Taylor, Dorian Dervite, Mark Beevers, Jon Flanagan, Antonee Robinson, Derik Osede Prieto, Stephen Darby, David Wheater, Reece Burke
Midfielders: Josh Vela, Chris Taylor, Jem Karacan, Sammy Ameobi, Will Buckley, Craig Noone, Harry Charsley, Darren Pratley, Filipe Morais, Karl Henry, Jeff King
Forwards: Adam Le Fondre, Aaron Wilbraham, Tyler Walker, Zach Clough

Coral are offering odds of 6/10 for a City win on Saturday. You can place your bet HERE.


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