Bolton Wanderers Vs Derby County: Preview

Saturday sees Derby County visit BL6 against a Wanderers side keen to get their first win of the season.

Talking points:

David Wheater could be make his return ahead of Saturday’s clash, but is a doubt.

Newcastle loanee Adam Armstrong was preferred to Le Fondre as Gary Madine’s strike partner in our midweek stalemate against Birmingham City. Parkinson has a big decision to make to who partners Madine on Saturday.

Parkinson will also have to decide which formation to play with: will he stick to his guns with three at the back? Or move into a 4-4-2 with Morais and Buckley on the wings?

New signing Tom Lawrence will be fighting for a place in the team following his move to Derby from Leicester City.

Jacob Butterfield, Craig Bryson and Chris Martin are also options for Gary Rowett should he wish to make changes to the squad that faced Preston North End on Tuesday night.

The last time Bolton welcomed Derby to the Macron we witnessed a 0-0 draw with Jay Spearing sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game.

It seems that Bolton feel they can cope with most of what Derby has to offer in the final third. The Whites showed no shortage of fighting spirit against Birmingham who themselves had a decent artillery.

With Derby only gaining their first three points of the season on Tuesday against Preston, and Bolton having lost just once at home in our last nine games, the Wanderers will be looking at this as a match they can get something out of.

Referee: Stephen Martin
So far Martin has officiated three games this season, dishing out just 2 yellow cards. During the 2016/17 season, he refereed 35 games, showing 78 yellow cards and three red cards.

My prediction: 

My prediction for this match would see us beat Derby 2-1 with Gary Madine and Adam Le Fondre with the goals.

We would love to know your match predictions. Leave them in the comments

By Jack Fletcher


3 thoughts on “Bolton Wanderers Vs Derby County: Preview

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  1. We need to match Burton’s result last night. Mustn’t get in the bottom three, it’s not good for confidence. We have produced a lot of draws against Derby at home over the last few seasons. So I’m going for another! But I hope your prediction is the more accurate, Jack.


  2. A very disappointing performance against a good Derby side. We gifted them two goals early on and didn’t produce a shot ourselves on target until extra-time. The losing margin should have been greater, but Derby’s profligacy in front of goal kept the score down to respectable proportions. Much as I respect our manager, he needs to think seriously about playing three at the back, particularly at home. It’s restricting our attacking play. In this league, we haven’t got the players to make it a success. It’s as simple as that. Let’s drop Dervite and play two full-backs. Certainly,Taylor can’t play wing-back well enough. He’s too slow to get forward and needs to concentrate on defending. Both he and Karacan were skinned for the second goal. We need two wingers, preferably Morais and Buckley. Drop Pratley, who incidentally was worse than normal. It’s almost like playing with ten men. Play Derik in front of the back four. We are definitely missing Vela at the moment. There doesn’t seem to be anyone willing now to have a pop at goal. But, I’ve said before that it’s not really fair to criticize too much. When you can’t buy in new blood and you are playing a team augmented by expensive former Premier and international footballers, it’s a nightmare. But, let’s not make it worse by picking the wrong formation.


    1. I couldn’t agree with you anymore on that one. They pretty much outclassed us in every way possible. The worst defending I’ve seen from us in a long time.


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