Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Stadium of Light will host Boxing Day clash between Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the 2019/2020 League One season. Sunderland are eyeing a place in the play-offs, while Bolton’s main goal is to avoid relegation to the League Two. The Black Cats are without suspended midfielder George Dobson, but they are still seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s festive fixture.
Sunderland failed to win the previous three home games in the League One, but they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course. The Trotters, on the other hand, picked up vital three points from the relegation six-pointer against Southend United, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Sunderland, who are eager to move a little closer to the play-offs berth. Charlie Wyke, who found the net in the 1-1 draw with Blackpool, is likely to keep his place in the starting XI for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Duncan Watmore):
Duncan Watmore is an English footballer who started his youth career at the famous Manchester United football academy. The 175-cm-tall winger then joined Altrincham at the age of 16 and he continued playing for the lower-league club at senior level.
After scoring 15 goals in 48 appearances for the club in the league, Watmore moved to Sunderland in 2013, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Clitheroe and Curzon Ashton on loan as well during his spell with Altrincham.
During the 2014/2015 season he played 9 games for the Scottish Premier League club Hibernian, but he returned to Sunderland at the end of the campaign. Duncan Watmore has 13 caps for the England U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team. His main position is winger, but he is capable of producing fine performances as centre-forward as well.
Highlighted Team (Bolton):
Bolton Wanderers were formed as Christ Church Football Club back in 1874 and three years later they adopted their current name. The Trotters currently compete in the Championship and they play their home games at Macron Stadium, which was opened in 1997.
Speaking of the club’s trophies, Bolton Wanderers won the FA Cup on four occasions (1923, 1926, 1929 and 1958), but they have yet to win the Premier League title. The Trotters were producing splendid displays in the 2003/2004 Premier League campaign, with the team finishing the season in eighth position in the standings, which is regarded as the club’s best result in the English top flight.
Bolton did well to reach the UEFA Cup knockout stages in the 2007/2008 season; the English outfit eliminated Atletico Madrid in the two-legged tie, but Sporting Lisbon eventually proved to be a big catch for the Trotters.
Nigeria international Jay-Jay Okocha is one of the most notable footballers who played for Bolton and he scored 14 goals in 124 appearances in the league for the club. Bury are considered the club’s fiercest rivals.