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Match Preview: Bury v Bolton Wanderers

We look ahead to Wanderers going in search of a first win at Bury in 87 years this evening

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Having won four games in a row without conceding a goal there seems no better time for Bolton Wanderers to break their long hoodoo of playing Bury away. Wanderers have not recorded a league victory at Gigg Lane in over 87 years, since a 4-3 victory way back in May 1929 - read more on that here.

The two Lancashire rivals go head-to-head (live on Sky Sports - obviously) in the league for the first time in over 17 years, with the hosts leading Bolton in all-time victories by 30 to 29, with 17 draws.

Team News


The hosts go into tonight's clash in the face of yet another winding-up petition, but on the field manager David Flitcroft has no fresh injury concerns. Despite an impressive start, which had them flying high in the early stages of the season following five straight victories, The Shakers have plummeted to mid-table following four straight defeats.

Bolton Wanderers

Wanderers will be without Tom Thorpe, who limped off in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Millwall and could be replaced by Derik Osede, who's likely to make his first start of the season. Other than that, Phil Parkinson is likely to stick with the same players.


Bury: D W W W W W L L L L

Bolton Wanderers: D D D L D L L W W W

Top Goalscorer

Bury: Tom Pope and James Vaughan (5); Danny Mayor, Zeli Ismail & Hallam Hope (3)

Bolton Wanderers: Gary Madine (3); Josh Vela, Zach Clough, Jay Spearing & Sammy Ameobi (2)

Most Assists:

Bury: Jacob Mellis (5); Tom Soares & Danny Mayor (3)

Bolton Wanderers: Mark Davies, Zach Clough & Liam Trotter (2); Gary Madine (1)

Most Fouls:

Bury: Tom Soares (24); Zeli Ismail (17); Jacob Mellis (16)

Bolton Wanderers: Josh Vela & Jamie Proctor (20); Gary Madine (19); Jay Spearing (17)

Most Bookings:

Bury: Tom Soares (6); Jacob Mellis (5); Danny Mayor (4, from only 7 fouls)

Bolton Wanderers: Jay Spearing (6); Josh Vela (4); Mark Beevers & Liam Trotter (3)

Match Odds:

Bury: 2/1

Bolton: 7/5

Draw: 12/5

Bury Danger Man:

Looking at the stats, you'd have to say it's between James Vaughan and Danny Mayor. Former Everton striker Vaughan has bagged five goals, while midfielder Mayor has scored three and laid on three for his teammates. Although The Shakers recently signed Ishmael Miller, who ripped Bolton apart with Huddersfield last season, so he's likely to be a threat as well.

Score Prediction:

Bury 0 - 2 Bolton Wanderers. Bolton to end their 87-year hoodoo at Gigg Lane and continue their winning ways.