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Preview: Bolton v Rovers

It's an important local clash for Mowbray's men this weekend!

5 October 2018

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Rovers will look to get back to winning ways with victory over Bolton Wanderers this weekend.

Here's our guide to the game...


Last time out, Rovers' year-long unbeaten league run at Ewood Park came to an end with a 2-0 defeat against high-flying Sheffield United. Two second-half goals from Billy Sharp did the damage on the night, as the Blues dropped to 14th in the table. Afterwards, the message from manager Tony Mowbray and his players was to move on and bounce back as quickly as possible, with another game just around the corner. Our next test sees Rovers make a short trip south to take on Bolton, who too suffered a defeat in midweek, and will be our last before the international break. As always, we'll be in attendance, bringing you team news and live updates via social media. Fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 5:30pm. 


Rovers captain Charlie Mulgrew could return to the starting line-up, having played the second half of Wednesday's match following a recent calf injury, but Ryan Nyambe (hamstring) is likely to be out of action until after the international break. Dominic Samuel (ACL) and Ben Gladwin (knee) remain long-term absentees and, following injury, Jacob Davenport is likely to make an appearance for the Under-23s before being considered for first-team selection. Both starting line-ups will be revealed an hour before kick-off on matchday via social media.


As mentioned, Bolton will too be looking to get back to winning ways, having suffered a 2-0 defeat at Stoke last time out. Managed by Phil Parkinson, the Trotters have 15 points from their 11 Championship games this season, and sit a place below Rovers in the table on goal difference. Having avoided relegation on the final day of last season, Bolton will be hoping for an improved campaign in 2018/19 and have made a steady start, picking up victories over the likes of Derby and West Brom. There have been 170 games played between the teams, with Rovers winning 62 and drawing 38 of the previous meetings. This weekend's clash will be our first with Bolton since December 2015.


Saturday's game will be shown live in Blues Bar at Ewood Park, with doors opening at 11am! We are running the full food menu in the morning, and if you buy any breakfast item. you will receive a free tea/coffee or regular soft drink. We are also running our drink specials with Fosters or John Smiths at £2 per pint, and Strongbow Original, Strongbow Dark Fruit or Kronenbourg are priced at £2.50 per pint until the coaches depart from Ewood Park at 3pm. We've got the usual deals as well, with three bottles of Fosters for £6, three bottles of premium lager for £9 and Gordon's Pink Gin & Lemonade for just £3.


Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at Ewood Park until 4pm on Friday 5th October. Fans should note that there will be no sales on the day of the game. At the time of writing, Rovers have sold 2,250 tickets from our allocation of 2,658.


If you're heading to Bolton on Saturday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. Our handle on both platforms is now @Rovers. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.

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