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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - BOLTON WANDERERS (HOME)

PUBLISHED

09:07 17th February 2017

vs BOLTON WANDERERS (HOME), Sky Bet League One, Saturday 18 February 2017, Northern Commercials Stadium, kick off 3:00pm

Stuart McCall's Bantams entertain Bolton Wanderers at the Northern Commercials Stadium this Saturday in an eagerly anticipated Sky Bet League One fixture.

With both sides currently in the play-off places, a bumper crowd and memorable atmosphere is expected around Valley Parade at the weekend.

The game will also see City welcome back former manager Phil Parkinson for the first time following a successful five-year period with the football club.

A number of Parkinson's backroom staff, including assistant Steve Parkin, will also be making the trip back to Bradford this Saturday after a previous spell with the Bantams.

After back-to-back home wins in the last week, Bolton currently find themselves in third place in the League One table, just two points off Scunthorpe United in the second automatic promotion spot and with a game in hand on the Iron.

Team News

Bradford City
City boss Stuart McCall has no new injury worries to be concerned about going into this Saturday's encounter with Bolton.

The Bantams are hopeful that striker Alex Jones can resume training next week after a recent hip problem.

Matthew Kilgallon remains sidelined with a long-term shoulder problem.

Bolton Wanderers
After signing for the Whites on a short-term deal this Thursday, new signing Reece Wabara could be included in Phil Parkinson's Bolton squad for the trip to Valley Parade.

Wabara, previously a free agent, has joined Bolton after fellow right back Lawrie Wilson was ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious hamstring injury.

Left back Andy Taylor, a one-time Bantams loanee, is a doubt for the game with his own hamstring issue and could be replaced by Dean Moxey.

Bolton skipper Jay Spearing will definitely miss out at the weekend after collecting his tenth booking of the season during Tuesday's 1-0 home win over Rochdale.

Spearing's suspension could mean a place in the side for Tom Thorpe, another member of Bolton's squad with Bradford connections.

Injured trio Lewis Buxton, Darren Pratley and Mark Davies all remain sidelined.

Following his move to the Macron Stadium at the start of the month, former City winger Filipe Morais is likely to be in Parkinson's line up on Saturday having started Bolton's last three games.

Another City old boy, Jamie Proctor, won't be involved for Bolton, however, after joining Carlisle United on loan on transfer deadline day.
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Previous Encounters
Aside from a couple of pre-season friendlies, Bolton haven't played in a competitive game at Valley Parade since 1998.

The Whites' most recent meaningful visit to BD8 ended in a 2-2 draw towards the start of the 1998/99 campaign, with Lee Mills netting a late equaliser on the day for the Bantams.

On their way to promotion up into the Premier League, Bolton won 4-2 at City back in September 1996.

A first minute goal from Alan Thompson, plus a strike from Per Frandsen and a double from Nathan Blake, helped Bolton on their way to victory in that particular game.

Marco Sas and Richard Liburd netted for the Bantams, who were playing in their first season back in the second tier following promotion via the play-offs the previous campaign.

Bolton were also victorious when they made the short trip across the Pennines earlier in that same year, defeating City 3-0 in an FA Cup third round tie.

The Bantams' most recent home success over Bolton came back in April 1993 thanks to a 2-1 scoreline.

Last Time Out

Tuesday 14 February 2017
Sky Bet League One
Bolton Wanderers 1 (Beevers 82) 
Rochdale 0


BOLTON WANDERERS LINE UP: (3-5-2): Alnwick, Derik, Wheater, Beevers, Morais, Taylor (Moxey 45+1), Trotter (Thorpe 85), Spearing, Vela, Le Fondre (Long 63), Madine

Subs not used: Howard, Dervite, Soloman-Otabor, Wilkinson

Bolton Wanderers' previous five (from left to right): W - W - D - L - L

Bolton Wanderers' expected kit colours: BLUE/BLUE/BLUE

Ticket Details
Supporters are reminded that they can purchase discounted adult match tickets for Saturday's game up until 5:00pm this Friday (17 February 2017). For more information, please click HERE.

Stadium Access Details
Turnstile, access and security arrangements for this Saturday's game can be found HERE.

Banqueting Information
Details for this Saturday's banqueting arrangements can be found HERE.
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Match Official: EDDIE ILDERTON
Experienced match official Mr Eddie Ilderton will take charge of Saturday's Roses encounter.

The referee's most recent match in charge this season was Doncaster Rovers' home draw with Morecambe towards the start of this month.

Mr Ilderton's last time in the middle for a City fixture came in August 2015 when the Bantams drew 0-0 at Barnsley.
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Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they entertain Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

 

McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at 23/20 to pick up all three points against the Whites at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 21/10.

 

The Bantams can be backed to win 2-0 at 15/2, while Charlie Wyke is also currently at 5/1 to score the opening goal.


Following his goal at Fleetwood Town on Tuesday, Jordy Hiwula is 9/4 to score at anytime throughout the match.


City fans can place their bets for the Bolton fixture by clicking on the following link - 
www.skybet.com.

 

There are as many as 71 different betting options with Sky Bet for Saturday's game.

 

Please note, all odds are subject to change.

 

Coverage           
For those unable to get to the Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Bolton Wanderers fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Full audio match commentary of the Bolton match can be found via Bantams Player HD. Join Pulse 2's Jason Thornton and Chris Cooper, plus City defender Matthew Kilgallon, for match action and reaction from the game.

 

Bantams Player HD is also the place for post-match interviews from McCall and his players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days.


Supporters can subscribe to Bantams Player HD for as little as £4.49 per month.


The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the Bolton game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
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