Date: 3rd August 2018 at 8:13am
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West Brom v Bolton, Championship
The Hawthorns, Saturday 4 August, 3pm

It’s back! Bolton’s 2018-19 season starts for real tomorrow when they travel to the Midlands to take on West Bromwich Albion. The last few seasons in the Championship have proven any away game in this division is tough for us, but it could be especially tough against a team that has dropped down from the Premier League.

Team news

Bolton should have all their new recruits available, including yesterday’s latest signing Luke Murphy. The Baggies are likely to play a similar team to the one which beat Coventry last week, so the likes of Craig Dawson and Salomon Rondon, linked with moves away, may not feature.

Possible Bolton team

Alnwick; Olkowski, Wheater, Beevers, Taylor; Ameobi, Lowe, Vela, Wilschut; Donaldson, Le Fondre

West Brom player to watch

Harvey Barnes: An attacking midfielder, Barnes played for Barnsley on loan from Leicester in the first half of last season, and is on loan at the Hawthorns this season. He’s likely to play on the wing, he’s quick and technically good.

Stats and facts

This is Bolton’s first opening day away game since a 3-0 defeat at Watford in 2014.

This is Bolton’s first trip to West Brom since November 2011. Jerome Thomas and Shane Long scored against us as we lost 2-1, Ivan Klasnic had equalised from the spot before Long’s second-half strike.

Bolton have won just one of their last five opening day games, and that came in the League One season.

Referee

Geoff Eltringham will referee the game. Funnily enough, the fourth official is Scott Duncan, who took charge of the Forest game in May.

Prediction

Could be a tricky game, 2-0 to West Brom

Next games

We host Bristol City next weekend, before travelling to Leeds next Tuesday in the Carabao Cup.

 

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