Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

August 02, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Sunday 6 August – Macron Stadium – Championship

Bolton Wanderers are back in the Championship for the new season, and play host to Leeds United on the opening day of the campaign. It’s been a summer of change at both clubs, with new managers taking charge of their first game on Sunday.

Past Meetings

There’s been plenty of meetings between the two sides in the Championship over recent years. Bolton have won just one of the last nine, although this was a thumping 5-1 win at Elland Road. Mirco Antenucci scored a brace in a 2-1 Leeds win the last time the teams met in March of last year.

Team News

After starting ten trialists in their final pre season game, Bolton will field a more experienced side on Sunday. Sammy Ameobi is expected to lead the line after signing on a permanent deal after last season’s loan. Adam le Fondre has followed a similar path, and is likely to start alongside Ameobi.

New Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen called on all nine of his summer signings in the Whites’ last warm up fixture. Former Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita is expected to be among the debutants at the Macron Stadium, along with Matthew Pennington. The Everton loanee should start in defence with new signing Pontus Jansson suspended for two games.

Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United Preview and Predictions

With a good start so important in the Championship, both Bolton and Leeds are hoping to kick off their seasons with a bang on Sunday. The TV cameras will be present for the day’s only game, which is the final fixture of the opening weekend.

After gaining automatic promotion from League 1 at the first time of asking, Bolton must consolidate this time round. A tilt for promotion might be beyond Phil Parkinson and his team, but anything can happen in this league. If you think the Trotters will get off to the perfect start by picking up the three points, you can back them at 19/10.

Visitors Leeds finished in the dreaded 7th position last season, just missing out on the Championship playoffs. Founded in 1919, Leeds are fast approaching their centenary year. There’s no doubt that they’re looking to be back in the Premier League for that milestone. After many years of turmoil, it’d be a fitting time to return to the big time. Christiansen’s side start this game as slight favourites in the betting, priced at 33/20. Meanwhile, the draw’s available at 23/10.

Recommended Bets

Chris Wood to score first at 5/1

The New Zealand striker scored 30 goals for Leeds last season, and he’s favourite to bag first in this game. Bolton’s Le Fondre meanwhile is 15/2 to score first.

Penalty in the match at 10/3

With so many new defenders on the pitch and the hectic atmosphere of the opening day, there’s a decent chance of someone losing their head to concede a penalty.

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