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Preview: Bolton v Rochdale

Bolton Wanderers
vs.
Rochdale

Macron Stadium

14 February

8.00pm

Whipped by your other half? No. Good. There's a big game at the Macron as Bolton face a tricky test as Rochdale visit. Dale have had a good season and would go four points behind us with a win.

Obviously we need the points to continue keeping the pace with the top two, to build on that great win on Saturday, and also avenge the 1-0 defeat back in September.

Vital Quotes:

"We changed the team shape against Walsall but have to try and strike a balance between continuity and maybe freshening things up."

Parkinson in the Bolton News on what system we may or may not play

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

Chris Long could be a doubt, which would be a shame after his performance off the bench at the weekend. This could mean though Parky has all his fit loanees at hand. Mark Howard was on the bench at the weekend and could start. He may not too.

Player to watch: Ben Alnwick

Alnwick has largely done well since coming in. A few errors at the weekend though and if he does majorly slip up, he knows there is someone of quality to replace him.

Rochdale Team News:

I will shrug my shoulders and say I can't find any at the moment.

Player to watch: Mark Kitching

Played very well apparently at the weekend against Fleetwood, getting in the Football League Paper's League One Team of the Week.

Match Facts & Stats

Bolton won their first game of 2017 at the weekend. Rochdale haven't won in the league since January 2nd, at Walsall

Rochdale have failed to score in their last four games. Bolton have scored in three of their last four.

Match Prediction:

I'll go 1-1, because despite their recent form Rochdale aren't a bad side

Next Fixtures:

Important away trips to Bradford and Sheffield United in the next two weekends


Writer:Anthony Hart
Date:Monday February 13 2017
Time: 10:21PM

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2 Bolton 45 24 11 10 83 29
3 Fleetwood 45 23 12 10 81 21
4 Scunthorpe 45 23 10 12 79 24
5 Bradford 45 20 18 7 78 19
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7 Southend 45 19 12 14 69 16
8 Rochdale 45 19 11 15 68 9
9 Oxford 45 19 9 17 66 11
10 Bristol Rovers 45 18 12 15 66 -1
11 Peterborough 45 17 11 17 62 3
12 MK Dons 45 15 13 17 58 -1
13 Walsall 45 14 16 15 58 -4
14 Charlton 45 13 18 14 57 4
15 Wimbledon 45 13 17 15 56 -3
16 Northampton 45 14 10 21 52 -13
17 Oldham 45 12 16 17 52 -13
18 Shrewsbury 45 13 12 20 51 -15
19 Bury 45 13 11 21 50 -11
20 Gillingham 45 12 13 20 49 -20
21 Port Vale 45 12 12 21 48 -25
R Swindon 45 11 11 23 44 -19
R Coventry 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Chesterfield 45 9 10 26 37 -34
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