Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Bolton Wanderers and Burton Albion face each other at the University of Bolton Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Wednesday’s program. The Trotters do not want to give up on their survival dream, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against the Brewers. Seeing that Bolton are undefeated in the previous three league fixtures, we predict that they are going to grab something from the first game of the year.
Burton Albion continue with their habit of performing much better at home than on the road. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Rochdale and Tranmere Rovers at home ground, the Brewers were beaten by Accrington Stanley at Wham Stadium in their last league game. Burton Albion are after their fourth consecutive win over Bolton in all competitions, but share of spoils is on the cards this time out as the Trotters have been in a fine form of late.
Highlighted Player (Luke Murphy):
After spending his youth career at Crew Alexandra, Luke Murphy made his debut with the Railwaymen at senior level on December 13, 2008 in a 1-0 win over Swindon Town. Murphy scored his first goal with Crew Alexandra in a 4-1 away victory over Hartlepool United 15 days later.
After scoring 21 goals in 161 appearances for the club, the English footballer moved to Leeds United in June 2013, signing a three-year deal with the Elland Road outfit for a fee of around £1 million. Luke Murphy played for Burton Albion on loan as well before signing a two-year contract with Bolton Wanderers in August 2018.
Murphy made his debut for the Trotters on August 4, 2018 in a 2-1 win over WBA. The experienced midfielder was born in Macclesfield, England on October 21, 1989. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive and right midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Burton):
Burton Albion are one of the four clubs that secure promotion to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign. The Brewers welcome their rivals at Pirelli Stadium, the venue that was opened in 2005. The capacity of the stadium is 6,912, while the seating capacity of the venue is 2,034.
Burton Albion won the FA Trophy in 1987, with the team winning Football League Two in 2015. During the club’s non-League period, the Brewers’ local rivals were Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth, Stafford Rangers and Gresley Rovers, but while they were playing in the Football League the club’s rivals were Crewe, Port Vale, Notts County and Chesterfield.
Derby County are considered Burton Albion’s rivals as well, but the rivalry with the Rams is rather friendly. The colour of Burton Albion’s home kit is black and yellow, while they wear white and grey jerseys on the travels.