Team News: West Bromwich Albion v Bolton Wanderers

  • August 04, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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After surviving in dramatic fashion on the final day of last season, Bolton begin their Championship campaign on Saturday away at West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies, freshly relegated from the Premier League, will be playing in the second-tier for the first time in eight years - boasting a statistic of having been promoted in four of their last five seasons at this level.

Wanderers travel to the Hawthorns with somewhat of a different squad to the one that took to the field in May, with no fewer than 10 new signings in contention for a debut.

Clayton Donaldson, Erhun Oztumer, Gary O'Neil, Jack Hobbs, Jason Lowe, Josh Magennis, Luke Murphy, Marc Wilson, Pawel Olkowski and Yanic Wildschut have all arrived at the University of Bolton Stadium in recent weeks, while goalkeeper Ben Williams also looks set to take up a place amongst the substitutes after being registered as a player alongside a youth coaching role.

Donaldson picked up a slight injury in last weekend's final pre-season friendly victory at Peterborough United and will be assessed, while Oztumer has struggled throughout the past month.

The likes of Olkowski, Murphy and O'Neil may not be risked from the off, as they continue to catch up on their fitness, but the Trotters otherwise appear to have a clean bill of health on opening day.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Williams, Little, Taylor, Beevers, Hobbs, Olkowski, Wilson, Darby, Wheater, Lowe, Vela, Oztumer, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Murphy, Wildschut, Earing, O'Neil, Donaldson, Le Fondre, Magennis, Hall

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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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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone