Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United: Big match preview

Check out our at-a-glance preview to Leeds United's FA Cup clash with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 30th January 2016, 7:31 am
Updated Saturday, 30th January 2016, 7:34 am
Charlie Taylor.
Charlie Taylor.

Key Battle - Liam Feeney v Charlie Taylor

Feeney wasted a glorious chance to kill off Leeds when the clubs drew 1-1 in the league in October and he’s a dangerous winger when he’s in the mood. He scores the odd goal but he’s also come up with five assists and marking him out of the game is a good way to stop Bolton gaining any traction. Taylor will be up against him on Saturday.

Key Man - Darren Pratley

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Charlie Taylor.

The midfielder was, and probably still is, far better than the bottom rung of the Championship and he’s helped to fuel Bolton’s resistance in the past month. Goals in both meetings with Eastleigh averted an embarrassing FA Cup exit and he struck again in a priceless 3-1 win over MK Dons on Saturday. It would hardly be surprising if confidence was low at the Reebok but players like Pratley could yet get Bolton out of trouble.

Last time at the Reebok Stadium:

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Bolton Wanderers 1 Leeds United 1

Charlie Taylor.

Goals: Bolton - Ameobi 32. Leeds - Antenucci 71 pen.

Phil Hay’s Verdict:

This is arguably a better tie for Leeds than Eastleigh away, despite the fact that Eastleigh were the only non-league club left in the FA Cup. The pitch at the Reebok will be easier, Bolton are under massive pressure on and off the pitch and Leeds will have a huge travelling support with them. United’s season might be flagging but they can still make an impact in this competition. A place in the fifth round is there for the taking.

Match Odds:

Home win - 2/1

Draw - 5/2

Away win - 17/11