Match preview: Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland

Sunderland’s Sky Bet League One campaign sees them travel to Bolton Wanderers this weekend for the next round of fixtures.

The Black Cats will take on the Trotters at the University of Bolton Stadium, kick-off 3pm, eyeing another three points on the road. 

Jack Ross’ side have picked up four points from their last two games, winning at Accrington Stanley last weekend before claiming a point at home to recently relegated Rotherham United on Tuesday.

Sitting fourth after eight games, and with the chance of moving second should the Lads win their game in hand over Burton Albion, Sunderland will be targeting another win away from home against bottom club Bolton. 

Ross has no fresh injury concerns, with Duncan Watmore still the only absentee after returning to running this week. Joel Lynch and Laurens De Bock remain on the fringes of things but they could get their first taste of first-team football next Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.  

Saturday’s hosts Bolton have endured a hard few years and were forced to start this season with -12 points after going into administration.

The 2019-20 campaign hasn’t been without its issues either as Keith Hill came in to replace Phil Parkinson as head coach before a major overhaul on Deadline Day saw Wanderers recruit nine new faces. 

Winless after seven league games, Bolton have scored just once and conceded 23 times. They’ve also conceded five times or more in half of their 10 games in all competitions, with Rotherham United recently putting six past them last weekend. 

Former Sunderland men Daryl Murphy, Liam Bridcutt and Will Buckley signed for Bolton in the summer, although the former is yet to feature since joining on Deadline Day.

The Black Cats head to the north west for the fourth time already this season, having lost just two of their previous 12 meetings with Bolton in all competitions. 

Sunderland have also lost just one of their last five games at the University of Bolton Stadium, winning three and drawing the other. 


Sunderland will be backed by a sold out away end of more than 4,000 fans. No tickets will be available to travelling supporters wishing to make the journey on the day of the game without a ticket. 

Streaming passes are now on sale for international fans. 

BBC Radio Newcastle’s Nick Barnes will be broadcasting live right here on from 1:30pm. 

As ever, there will be comprehensive coverage across our digital channels including’s matchday blog and live updates on Twitter via @SunderlandAFC.

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