The Month Ahead: BWFC - September Preview

  • September 09, 2013 | By Sean McNeilly
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After a disappointing August, we take a look at what awaits Bolton Wanderers in the month of September.

Currently in the midst of their worst start to a season in 29 years - with no wins in their opening five matches and rooted to the bottom of the Championship - the less said about Bolton's August the better. However, it is still very early doors and, as the second half of last season proved, there is a lot of football still to be played.

A negative transfer deadline day didn't get September off to a great start either. But, here, we take a look at Bolton's opponents in the upcoming month, which should bring a rise up the Championship table.

Wanderers will look to get the second month of the season off to a bang with a home match against Leeds United on September 14. Four days later, Derby visit the Reebok Stadium in the first midweek game of the campaign. A trip to the AMEX Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion, on September 21, is followed a week later by Yeovil Town making the long trip for their first game at the Reebok since an FA Cup third round tie in 2001.

First up is Brian McDermott's Leeds. United have been quite the unpredictable club in recent years, although they now seem to have found some stability under the former Reading boss. One loss from five and one point outside the top-six after the first month; it may be early doors but Leeds are in a place Bolton would love to be five games in. Ross McCormack seems to be doing what he does best, scoring three goals in five outings, meaning Wanderers are in for a tough game upon their return from the international break.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts GD
10 Leeds United 5 2 2 1 5 4 8 1
24 Bolton Wanderers 5 0 2 3 3 10 2 -7

One to Watch: Ross McCormack
Last season: Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Leeds United (K Davies (2); Byram, Becchio)


Next up, Derby come to the Reebok thankful that they have kept hold of young star Will Hughes during the transfer window. Most transfer talk for the Rams during the summer has focused around the England under-21 international and Nigel Clough will be delighted that Hughes is with him until, at least, January. Away from departures, the free capture of Chris Martin has proved to be a shrewd move. Three goals in five games is a great return from a free transfer. Derby's start to the campaign has seen them pick up just one point from three home games, but has also seen them bag two wins out of two on the road. Dougie Freedman will be very positive of a three-point haul from this tie, but Derby have already shown they travel well; it will be no walkover.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts GD
14 Derby County 5 2 1 2 6 6 7 0
24 Bolton Wanderers 5 0 2 3 3 10 2 -7

One to Watch: Chris Martin
Last season: Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Derby County (K Davies, Eagles)


Bolton's only away trip of the month will be to Brighton & Hove Albion's impressive AMEX Stadium. Last season's play-off semi-finalists started with two losses this season, but Oscar Garcia's men have since picked up seven points from a possible nine. After the Gus Poyet situation, and not to mention 'Poogate', Brighton fans could have been forgiven for thinking this season was going to be a rough ride. However, the quality in the squad has shone through and a tough trip is in store for the Whites. Leonardo Ulloa and Andrew Crofts have been in the goals in August, so the Whites' backline will be in for a tough game. On-loan Keith Andrews will, of course, not be facing his parent club.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts GD
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 5 2 1 2 6 5 7 1
24 Bolton Wanderers 5 0 2 3 3 10 2 -7

One to Watch: Leonardo Ulloa
Last Season: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Bolton Wanderers (Bruno; Ngog)


September is rounded off at the Reebok, with Yeovil making the near 500-mile round trip. Despite being new to the Championship and favourites to go straight back down to League One, the Glovers made the best possible start to the season by picking up three points at Millwall's New Den on opening day. That joy, however, was short lived, as four losses in-a-row followed that win. If Yeovil were to come to the Reebok now, it would be 22nd v 24th and an early season six-pointer. Lets hope by the time 3pm on September 28 rolls around, this is not the case. Gary Johnson's troops are still very much relegation candidates with bookies across the country and, while they will be no pushover, a home win has to be on the agenda for Bolton.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts GD
22 Yeovil Town 5 1 0 4 1 7 3 -6
24 Bolton Wanderers 5 0 2 3 3 10 2 -7

One to Watch: Edward Upson


Let's be honest, Bolton must be confident in picking up some much needed points this month. The international break should have helped Dougie get the lad's heads in order and they should be prepared to really get the season going. Plus, with the loan window opening, the chance to strengthen the squad is there and should be taken. I'm going out on a limb, a positive limb at that, and predicting three home wins plus, at least, a draw at Brighton.

How many points do you think Wanderers will get in September? Have your say in our forum thread.

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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