Wanderers will be hoping to make amend for a shocking performance in midweek versus Rochdale when they host Oxford. It was the first time in Dale`s history to beat Bolton in the league and it didn`t go down well with the Trotters faithful. The Wanderers fans will be hoping for a positive performance on Saturday against a struggling Oxford United. It`s certainly a game that Wanderers have to be wining if they are eyeing for an immediate return to the Championship.
I`m sure there will be an unsettled atmosphere at the Macron on Saturday but many fans will be hoping for a certain win. If Wanderers somehow lose the game on Saturday I feel a large amount of pressure will be put on Parky to turn it around which is unfair but that`s football.
“It`s a very disappointing run and I will take the criticism for that firmly on the chin. We need to be strong on Saturday. Goals change the belief and feeling on the pitch and we so desperately need someone to produce a moment to give us a lift”
Phil Parkinson on our current predicament
Bolton Wanderers Team News:
Mark Beevers and Lewis Buxton are both expected back after illness and injury. Josh Vela should also be fully available after only playing 5 minutes on Tuesday night due to illness. Whether Gary Madine is ready for this or not we don’t yet know. Max Clayton is still a week or two off and Darren Pratley and Mark Davies are out for the season with their respective injuries. Everyone else of note is available and ready for selection.
Player to watch: Zach Clough
Who else? He hass looked sharp and eager since his return from injury. There could be a starting spot for the youngster on Saturday after the dreadful form in front of goal. Hopefully Zach is the answer to our goal scoring problems and bag a few on Saturday.
Oxford United Team News:
The only miss for Oxford is midfielder Ryan Ledson who limped off in midweek against Southend with a tear in his cartilage. United are also hoping for defender Curtis Nelson to return but may not feature until their game against Swindon.
Player to watch: Chris Maguire
With five goals to his name already in all competitions, the Wanderers defence will have to be on guard when the Scottish striker comes to the Macron because he`s on hot form in front of goal.
Match Facts & Stats
Oxford will be hoping to record their first away win of the season. On the other hand Wanderers will be hoping to record a first win for seven matches.
Bolton and Oxford have not met since the 1998/99 season where the two teams played out a goalless draw at the Kassam Stadium.
A comfortable 2-0 home win
A home game against Blackpool in the EFL Trophy, then away to Swindon a week on Saturday.