Phil Parkinson received the backing of Wanderers chairman Ken Anderson this week, despite not winning a league game so far.

In a message to supporters, Anderson told the club website, “I’m not one to make knee-jerk reactions and Phil has my unequivocal backing to remain as manager of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.”

Form

As already mentioned, Bolton have not won a single league game and have only amassed two points from 11 games. They are on a run of eight defeats in a row – conceding 18 and scoring just the one in a 2-1 loss to Derby County. The last seven defeats have seen them not bother the scorer, but may take hope from the fact they knocked Wednesday out of the Carabao Cup with a 3-2 victory.

The Owls come into this game on the back of their best performance of the season, comfortably beating Leeds  3-0 at Hillsborough. However, before this they only picked up one point from three games and the pressure will be on them to carry on where they left off before the international break.

Team News

Josh Vela, Derik Osede, Stephen Darby and Aaron Wilbraham have all recovered from injuries and could be in the squad on Saturday. Ex-Owls loanee Will Buckley is back training after a calf problem, but this match may be too soon for him.

Jack Hunt went off with a knee injury against Leeds and although it is not as bad as first feared, it is unlikely he will feature vs Bolton. Keiren Westwood has missed the last two matches with a rib injury and may sit out this one. Sam Hutchinson, Glenn Loovens and Almen Abdi were all back training before the international break so could feature. George Boyd (shoulder) and Fernando Forestieri (knee) have long-term injuries.

Head-to-Head

The Owls have the advantage in the head-to-head, having won 52 times. Bolton have won on 40 occasions with 27 meetings being drawn.

Wednesday have not won on their last four appearances at the Macron Stadium. You have to go back to 26th December 2012 for their last victory in Bolton.

Prediction

I have not got one of these right yet, but I have a funny feeling Bolton are going to get their first win of the season on Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday


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