Match preview: Bolton Wanderers v. Yeovil Town

Alex Broadway

Eight times we've been here before and eight times we've come away without a win. The home match against Yeovil Town can hopefully change that with the Trotters desperate for three points and to get off the bottom of the league table. The Glovers are not much better off in that respect, sitting in 22nd place on just four points, bettering Bolton's total by one.

All four of those points have come away from Huish Park for Yeovil Town with a win against Millwall on opening day at the Den before fighting back to draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough just two weeks ago. They have lost one more match than Bolton have this season, coming away empty-handed from matches with Queens Park RangersBirmingham City, Burnley, Derby County, Reading, and Ipswich Town. Despite not having won a match yet, the Trotters have drawn three of those teams this season.

Bolton Wanderers have welcomed three new additions to the squad this week with Neil Danns, Liam Feeney, and Kevin McNaughton all joining up ahead of the match. Whether any of them see the bench is still up in the air but you would have to think that Danns is perhaps the most likely to make the cut.

Danns spoke to the official website about his loan move, saying that his aim is to kick-start the Trotters:

"It's a privilege joining such a big club and I'm just thankful to get the opportunity. I've known the gaffer for a long time from my days at Crystal Palace and it's just stemmed from there really."

"You could tell straight away that he was going to be a good manager. Obviously he's learnt a lot since I've last been with him, so it will be nice to work with him again and take on board some of the stuff that he's learned along the way which hopefully I can add to my game.

"My aim is just to do the best that I can for the duration of my stay and hopefully that can help the team push on.

"I know it hasn't been the greatest start to the season in terms of our league position, so I'm hoping that I can add my strengths and help the team."

The Glovers, who were promoted to the Championship at the end of last season for the first time in their history and in what is only their 11th year in the Football League, have been busy in the transfer market. Ahead of the season, they brought in a total of eight permanent players from the likes Wycome Wanderers, Southampton, Leicester City, Oxford United, and others. They paid an undisclosed fee to Dorchester City for 21-year-old forward Kieffer Moore.

On top of all that, they have made some strong loan signings over the summer and in recent weeks, bringing in Michael Ngoo from Liverpool, Alan Tate from Swansea City, Joe Ralls from Cardiff City, goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liam Fontaine from Bristol City, and Shane Duffy from Everton. They will be without Byron Webster, who is serving the third match of a red card ban and without Fontaine, who misses out through injury.

Bolton Wanderers should have an almost fully fit squad minus the usual suspects of Joe Riley, Stu Holden, and Mark Davies. Craig Davies will miss out in this match, however, with an ankle injury while Andre Moritz is also sidelined. It will be his fourth straight match out.

Last (and only) Two Meetings

21 September, 2004: Yeovil Town 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

06 January, 2001: Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Yeovil Town

Prediction

Head: Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Yeovil Town

Heart : Bolton Wanderers 3-0 Yeovil Town

Like every match thus far this season, Yeovil Town is a tough prospect. Despite the fact that they are the new boys and already in a faltering position, they have performed reasonably well on the road this season. Bolton Wanderers need a performance though and this is as good a match as any in which to do it.

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