PREVIEW: Wednesday -v- Bolton

PREVIEW: Wednesday -v- Bolton

The Owls safely advanced to the last 32 of the FA Cup, can they keep the winning feeling going and get closer to the playoffs with a win against struggling Bolton?

The Owls advanced at the expense of Fulham but the more important business of the league is back, can the Wednesday get another victory against Bolton?

 

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Fulham (H) W 2-1 7 2 5 0 7 42%
BOLTON Eastleigh (A) D 1-1 14 5 11 3 12 53%

 

Wednesday scored an amazing goal for the second week running against Fulham, Barry Bannan scoring it, the Cottagers quickly equalized but Adthe Nuhiu volleyed in against the run of play to secure the Owls a passage through to round 4.

Bolton were minutes away from falling victim to a famous cup upset but Darren Pratley popped up to save the Trotters blushes, Neil Lennon was quick to blame the conditions but non-leaguers Eastleigh were more than a match for the struggling Trotters.

Last five games Fulham(h) Fulham (a) Middlesbrough(a) Birmingham(h) Wolves(h)
WEDNESDAY W 2-1 W 1-0 L 1-0 W 3-0 W 4-1
Last five games Eastleigh(a) Huddersfield (h) Blackburn (h) Rotherham (a) Fulham (h)
BOLTON D 1-1 L 2-0 W 1-0 L 4-0 D 2-2

 

Wednesday made it four wins out of five at the weekend, their record at Hillsborough has been much improved this term with the win over Birmingham in their last league game at S6 taking the Owls to seven home wins for the season, two more than they achieved in the entire 2014/15 season.

Bolton have had a terrible season to date winning just twice this season, in a deep financial quagmire and being forced to sell their top players is a recipe for disaster and a trip to League One, Gary Madine is joint top scorer with just four goals.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS BOLTON WINS DRAWS
51 39 27

 

LAST MEETING: 15th September 2015, Macron Stadium, Att – 14,438

Bolton 0-0 Wednesday

Forestieri Wednesday Bolton 2015The two sides played out a 0-0 in their last fixture but Bolton have won the last four Hillsborough meetings.

Wednesday’s last win against the Trotters was in Bolton on Boxing Day 2012, Mamady Sidibe scoring the only goal of the game.

the last Hillsborough win came in November 1997, Andy Booth scored a hat-trick that day to add to goals from Paolo Di Canio and Guy Whittingham as the Owls scored 5 goals before half-time.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

The Owls’ reward for defeating Fulham is a trip to Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.

Fernando Forestieri faces a late fitness test as does Keiren Westwood, Tom Lees is still a little while away from returning whilst the rumour mill is speculating that Jack Hunt is due to make his loan spell into a permanent deal.

Mark Davies and Zach Clough are expected to be absent for the Trotters as their departure from the Northwest appears to be imminent.

 

WILDSMITH

HUNT

HUNT

SASSO

SASSO

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

PUDIL

PUDIL

LEE

LEE

SEMEDO

SEMEDO

BANNAN

BANNAN

WALLACE

WALLACE

NUHIU

NUHIU

Jeremy Helan Wednesday player 2016 THUMB

HELAN

 

KEY PLAYERS

Vincent Sasso has been an able deputy in the absence of Lees and Turner, the Braga loanee has looked fairly assured despite his lack of appearances in the first team, he’ll be looking to make sure Wildsmith has a quiet night.

Gary Madine hasn’t proved to date it was an unwise decision to release him, the “goal machine” has rusted over and been clanking along and he’s netted just four times this season but an ex-Wednesday player,sods law says it’s inevitable he scores here.

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Bolton WIN DRAW Sasso 1st Goal Correct Score 2-0
BEST ODDS 7/11 5/1 16/5 33/1 7/1
BOOKIES Marathon Bet logo Bookies Badge Coral Bookies Badge Totesport Paddy Power BetVictor-logo

 

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

Wednesday in good form, Bolton can’t buy a win, Wednesday had a good win at the weekend, Bolton struggled to get a draw with non-league opposition. Wednesday are heavy favourites against a Bolton side struggling both on and off the pitch.

In the past I would have said this is setting the stage for a “typical Wednesday” where we’ll struggle and stumble to an inevitable defeat but I feel something different with this lot.

I don’t think it’ll be the cakewalk some are making it out to be on twitter but I do share the view we’ll win, we have to if we’re serious about the playoffs.

VERDICT: Wednesday dispose of the strugglers 2-0.

Danny (D-Good) Owls Alive
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