Latics look to make it five unbeaten at Bolton.
- 40th meeting between the two sides.
- Latics took four points off local rivals last season.
- Bumper away following set to ascend on the Macron Stadium.
Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
Friday 7th November 2014
Sky Bet Championship
Latics make the short trip across Greater Manchester to Bolton on Friday evening with a bumper following set to ascend on the Macron Stadium.
It’s set to be a typically feisty derby encounter with both sides in need of points in the bottom-half of the Sky Bet Championship.
The hosts will be buoyed by the three wins they’ve picked up in their last five games under new boss Neil Lennon whilst Latics will look to bounce back from defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion in midweek after picking up four points from their previous two games against Derby County and Fulham.
Cash turnstiles are available for those fans yet to purchase a ticket as the players and manager Uwe Rosler look for the 12th man to edge them to their 16th win over their near rivals.
LAST TIME OUT
The spoils were shared on Latics’ last visit to the Macron Stadium in March as Adam Bogdan’s late penalty save from Jordi Gomez denied Uwe Rosler’s side all three points.
On-loan striker Lukas Jutkiewicz stabbed the hosts in front before Nick Powell crashed a left-footed strike home in two minutes from time.
Alex Baptiste brought Callum McManaman down inside the area in stoppage time to give Gomez the chance to win it but Hungarian stopper Bodgan sprung to his right to tip the Spaniard’s spot-kick wide.
BOLTON WANDERERS IN 2014-15 SO FAR
With just one league win in their opening ten league games, the Trotters parted company with manager Dougie Freedman and replaced him with former Celtic boss Neil Lennon.
The former Leicester City and Crewe Alexandra midfielder has since led Bolton to three wins in the five games he has taken charge of, though his side still do sit in the relegation zone.
Over the summer, the Trotters lost notable players such as Zat Knight, Chris Eagles, Marvin Sordell and Tyrone Mears – all either sold or released.
Neil Danns, Liam Feeney and Liam Trotter all made their initial loan spells permanent whilst experienced goalkeeper Paddy Kenny joined and young striker Max Clayton also made the switch to the Macron Stadium.
Bolton have scored in every game under Lennon and they’ve won both of their home fixtures, the formbook goes out of the window for a derby, though, and both sides will be looking for points to rise up the table and leave their rivals struggling.
MAN TO WATCH – MATTHEW MILLS
A former England youth international, 28-year-old defender Matt Mills is in his third season at Bolton Wanderers after signing from Leicester City in 2012.
A Southampton youth graduate who had spells with Manchester City, Doncaster Rovers and Reading also, Mills has racked up over 250 league appearances.
With four goals from defence this season, Mills is joint top scorer for the Trotters with striker Joe Mason.
Having scored just goals in his previous two seasons, the Leicester-born defender is going through a purple patch.