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Preview: FOOTBALL IS BACK! WBA v Bolton Wanderers


Bolton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images


After what felt like a million years, a whole World Cup and a thousand different things in between, football is finally back.

Bolton Wanderers - still with the final day of the 2017/18 season fresh in the mind, travel to meet West Bromwich Albion, or WBA, if you prefer, in the opening game of the new season.

WBA, newly of the Championship following a long-assed spell in the Premier League, will no doubt go into the game as hot favourites, despite Wanderers recent shopping spree - which comes as no surprise given their wealth compared to our meagre budget. God bless Bolton Wanderers and their Poundland transfer targets.

WBA, now managed by ex-captain Darren Moore, have spent richly and wisely, bringing in Sam Johnstone from Manchester United and Kyle Bartley, once of Bolton and Arsenal, from Swansea City - with barely any change from £10m for the pair. Jesus Christ, how are we meant to compete with that?

With strikers Jay Rodriguez and Solomon Rondon both subject to bid from Burnley and Newcastle United respectively, it is unsure whether either will play against Bolton later today, but despite that, comparing the relative strengths of either squad side by side it would take a gargantuan effort from Wanderers to come away with anything from the game.

That said, aren’t we famous for doing just that? Like a certain made-up saviour coming back from the dead, who’s to say we can’t come back from a position of oblivion and make those predicting our demise eat their words? Now can you dig that, sucka?

Either way, it’s exciting. Football is back - thank the maker!