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Talking Points: Bolton Wanderers

26 August 2021

Ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture against Bolton Wanderers, we take a look at some of the big talking points surrounding the game...

  • U’s looking for second straight league win

After picking up two draws and a defeat from a tough opening three Sky Bet League One fixtures, United come into this Saturday’s match off the back of a 3-0 win against Burton Albion.

The U’s are unbeaten in three home games across all competitions this season and another win against Bolton on Saturday would see Mark Bonner’s side move into the top half of the table.

  • Bolton likely to switch side again

Wanderers were knocked out of the Carabao Cup to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night, after losing 5-4 on penalties following a goalless 90 minutes.

Ian Evatt made eight changes for the match and despite being ‘proud’ of his team’s performance, the Bolton boss has said he is likely to revert back to a similar starting line-up that saw his team beat Oxford last Saturday.

  • Williams shining at right-back

George Williams has settled in seamlessly with the U’s, playing every minute of every game so far this season and contributing at both ends of the pitch.

The right-back said, "I am loving it to be honest, I feel like I am playing the best football I have played in a long time, and I am really happy here, which I think is showing on the pitch.

In addition to being a reliable defensive presence, which has seen him make a number of vital goal-line clearances this season, Williams has also chipped in with an assist for last Saturday’s first own-goal and a goal on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup defeat to Millwall.

  • Bolton aiming to stay unbeaten

After two draws and two wins from their first four league games, Saturday’s visitors are sitting pretty with an unbeaten record in Sky Bet League One. The Whites are also on a two-game winning streak, following victories against Lincoln City and Oxford United – two fellow promotion hopefuls.

United won’t be fazed by the record though - after decisively putting an end to Burton’s perfect record when they visited the Abbey last Saturday - and will be aiming to do the same once again.


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