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Match preview: Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic

It’s that time of the year where the good citizens of Bolton host their less fortunate neighbours from Wigan, who will climb out of the bog and head to the Macron for the Friday Night fixture at their superior counterparts.

Clint Hughes

Neil Lennon and his Bolton Wanderers side are certainly in a much better place than they were under Dougie Freedman as God-like man-hero Lennon has returned three wins from his first five games at the Wanderers helm and go into the derby with every confidence of coming out on top.

Bolton will be sweating on the fitness of key player Mark Davies who reportedly suffered from double vision in the midweek win over Cardiff City and whether Craig Davies' huge efforts in the game will see him rested remains to be seen.

As for Wigan Athletic, it is very difficult to source information on the local minnows, however I am reliably informed a football teams does exist there. We have sent explorers into the area who have attempted to make contact with the locals and despite some early issues; we have discovered plenty about them.

Manager, or chief of the tribe, is former Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler who took over last season from Owen Coyle. Despite a strong start to his Wigan tenure last season, Rosler has struggled to get his side playing this year and the under-fire boss and his club are languishing in the bottom half of the table.

There is no Wigan team news as I hadn't heard of any of them.

Here's the head to head:

Bolton Wanderers Wins


Wigan Athletic Wins





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Here's the selected betting:

Bolton 6/4                                     Draw 23/10                             Wigan 17/10

And here's some Wigan fun facts:

  • Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan broke his leg in the FA Cup final.
  • 83% of Wigan's populace are considered ‘human-like' in nature.
  • Wigan-folk are Godless creatures, preferring instead to live in their own filth.

  • Wiganers believe one can take the power of a killed warrior by eating his heart. Often they do this on the battlefield, but except of this, they never eat representatives of other races or similar to them. Well, almost never...
  • Wigan-folk are not monogamous, so theoretically they are able to have several wives. But practically one can't find such family - they explain that it's hard to cope even with one woman.
  • Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan broke his leg in the FA Cup final.
  • The population of Wigan is some 97,000 - although there are only a dozen surnames.
  • Inbreeding is not a crime in Wigan - in fact it is a basic human right.
  • The time at this moment is 12 noon, but in Wigan it's 1976.
  • Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan broke his leg in the FA Cup final.