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Preview: Bolton v QPR

Bolton Wanderers
vs.
Queens Park Rangers

Macron Stadium

21 October

3.00pm

After the thrill of a victory last week, Bolton have to go again tomorrow. It`s another game at the Macron, with Queens Park Rangers the opponents as Wanderers try and secure back to back wins in the Championship for the first time in nearly three years. With performances improving in recent weeks, and players back, it`s certainly a good chance to get three more points. QPR are 15th, Sheffield Wednesday were above them, so add it up…

Vital Quotes:

"Ian Holloway has got a good squad, he knows his midfield and doesn`t alter his selection much there, but revolves the players up front a bit. It`s another team which has been assembled with plenty of resources down the years, so I think they offer just as big a threat as Sheffield Wednesday did."

Parkinson talking about QPR in the Bolton News.

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

Aaron Wilbraham is back in full training, Will Buckley could be available, while Stephen Darby and Derik will still be working their way back to full fitness. But most likely, it will be unchanged lineup from last weekend`s win.

Player to watch: Karl Henry

Henry should be starting in midfield against the club for which he made over 100 appearances before departing in the summer. His home debut last weekend was the best of his performances for us so far, and hopefully he`ll impose himself to the point that Holloway et al will be a regretful at letting him go. As a side point, Henry scored his first goal for QPR against us, so it would be nice if he made amends.

Queens Park Rangers Team News:

Grant Hall and Jordan Cousins may be ready to return from injuries. They have problems in defence though, with Jack Robinson a doubt, and James Perch and Nedum Onuoha (yes, he does still play for QPR) both definitely out.

Player to watch: Massimo Luongo

Parky spoke about QPR knowing their midfield and the Australian international is huge part of that. He`s good defensively, he can make a tackle but can give away a foul, and can give away the ball

Match Facts & Stats

Bolton last secured consecutive Championship wins in December 2014, beating Millwall and Blackburn.

Each of the last 30 league meetings between these sides has ended with at least one goal being scored.

QPR have scored one goal in each of their last eight trips to Bolton

Our last game against QPR finished 1-1 in February 2016, when we conceded an injury time equaliser in one of the most brainless bits of football I`ve ever seen us play. I mean, we had the ball down in their corner…

The last three home games against QPR have resulted in a win (2012), a loss (2013) and a draw (2016)

Last week`s win accounted for, as we all know, our first home points of the season. QPR are winless away since February, and have three draws on the road to show for their efforts so far this season.

Match Prediction:

I see this being a 1-1 draw. We`re definitely a bit better than we were a few weeks ago, but back-to-back wins would be too perfect, and I think few teams will make as many errors at the back as Sheffield Wednesday did last weekend.

Next Fixtures:

Two away games, a trip to Fulham next Saturday before the scariest of experiences, Sunderland on Halloween night.


Writer:Anthony Hart
Date:Friday October 20 2017
Time: 6:33PM

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