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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs Ipswich Town

Wanderers hope to return to winning ways against Ipswich

Bolton v Ipswich

Following on from last weekend’s 2-0 defeat against Brentford Fc at Griffin Park, Bolton Wanderers will be hoping for a return to winning ways against promotion outsiders Ipswich Town.

A win for Bolton could see them rise as high as 19th, whilst a loss could see them drop back into the bottom three should results go against them. Ipswich will be hoping for a win, as three points could push them to within a point of the play-off places.

Wanderers haven’t beaten Ipswich since 2002, when Fredi Bobic scored a famous hat trick in a 4-1 win to secure Bolton’s position in the Premier League. Ipswich would end up going down that season.

Town manager Mick McCarthy has only won once in his nine visits to The Macron, which was a 2-1 win whilst manager of Ipswich back in December 2012. He’s drawn four, lost four.

A goal for Wanderers today would be a rarity, as Bolton have failed to score in five of the last six meetings between the two sides.

Games against Ipswich aren’t without famous moments. Frank Worthington scored the best Wanderers goal ever against them in 1979, Barry Knight screwed Bolton in 2000, whilst Fredi Bobic’s crowning glory came in 2002. Wanderers even salvaged a draw in the 97th minute a couple of years ago.

Team News

Karl Henry could return to the side after training this week. If not, expect Everton loanee Harry Charsley to make his home debut from the start.

For Ipswich, Jordan Spence is suspended. Bartosz Bialkowski and Cole Skuse could return, whilst new signings Cameron Carter-Vickers and Stephen Gleeson are expected to make their debuts.

Form

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Ipswich Town - WLDLLW

Odds

Wanderers are favourites for the win with odds of 13/10. An away win comes in at 2/1, with a draw at 12/5.

Match Prediction

With both teams needing the points, I think this one might be a draw. 1-1.

Last time at The Macron