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Bolton v Swansea: Imagine If We Scored


Bolton go into tomorrow’s game against Swansea hoping to stop the rot, something I’ve written probably far too much of late, but the fact is we can’t score, let alone win.

There is an international break after this, so a loss could well mean being sat in the bottom three for that two-week hiatus, which would mean a fun fortnight of talk about Wanderers wherever you do that talking.

Team news

There are no new concerns for Bolton, plus it seems that Sammy Ameobi will be ready to come back into contention. It would be amazing if we scored a goal. Swansea may have a long-term absentee of their own coming back, with the return of Wilfried Bony a possibility.

Opposition player to watch

Oliver McBurnie – A name we might remember more than most. McBurnie spent last season on loan at Barnsley, where he scored a 93rd minute equaliser against us at Oakwell back in April in that relegation six-pointer. At least we went on to have the last laugh. With Swansea dropping down to the Championship, he has now had the opportunity to make an impact at his parent club, scoring seven for the Swans this season.

Facts and stats

We’ve never lost to Swansea at our current ground. We played them twice, both in the 2011-12 season, winning in the FA Cup fourth round, then drawing the Premier League meeting 1-1 in April.

In fact, Bolton have only ever lost once at home to Swansea, in 1980, but neither Forest nor Hull hadn’t won at our place since 686BC and look what happened there.

Bolton have never lost four league home games in a row without scoring, that could happen tomorrow should we draw a blank.

Bolton have conceded in the opening 15 minutes of each of their last three games.


Having looked at our goalscoring record, and Swansea’s recent away results, 0-0 doesn’t sound like a bad shout.

Next fixtures

Two away games in four days after the international window, away to Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday.

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