Date: 31st August 2018 at 8:31pm
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Preston v Bolton, Championship
Deepdale, 1 September, 3pm

We signed a striker. Cool. Now Bolton move back onto the business of tomorrow’s Derby That Isn’t Really A Derby As Far As I’m Concerned when we travel up the M61 to play Preston North End. It’s the final game before the international hiatus, and a fourth win out of six, with top two Leeds and Middlesbrough playing each other as this article is being penned, would go down superbly.

Team news

Christian Doidge will likely be unavailable, signing too late in the day to be eligible. Gary O’Neil may be fit after a groin injury. Preston have a few missing, Ryan Ledson is suspended, while Sean Maguire, Billy Bodin and Calum Woods are all injured. Tom Clarke and Alan Browne are fit again, while Paul Gallagher returns from suspension.

Opposition player to watch

Paul Gallagher is back from suspension and could be a right pain to play against in midfield. Also look out for Man City loanees Lukas Nmecha and Brandon Barker.

Stats and facts

Bolton’s last two trips to Deepdale have ended up in goalless draws. Both were live on Sky, who have decided not to show tomorrow’s game, so it’ll inevitably be 4-3 one way or another.

Wanderers have won both their opening league away games, if they make it three from three, it’ll be the first time we’ve started with three away wins since 2000-01. How did that season end, do you ask?

Preston have won one and drawn one of their opening home league games.

Prediction

Preston haven’t had the best start to the season but they’re a team not be underestimated and they haven’t lost at home yet. I’ll go for a 1-1 draw.

Next fixtures

We’re at home to QPR two weeks on Saturday. That’s followed by a midweek trip to Middlesbrough.

 

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