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Match Preview: Brentford vs Bolton Wanderers

We welcome The Trotters to Griffin Park on Saturday

21 December 2018

We welcome Bolton Wanderers to Griffin Park tomorrow, looking to pick up a festive three points. Below you will find all the pre-match information and build-up.


Beset by financial problems off the pitch, Bolton continue to struggle on the pitch, heading to Griffin Park second from bottom and with just one win to their name since August.

Chairman Ken Anderson had to personally pay the players wages earlier this month with The Trotters struggling to balance the books. Midfielder Stephen Ireland had his contract cancelled on Thursday meaning 17 players have now left The Macron since the summer. 

Following a bright start to the season, which saw Phil Parkinson's side take ten points from their first four games, The Trotters have won just one and drawn five of their last 18 Sky Bet Championship games to slide down the table. 

Top scorer Josh Magennis has four goals to his name, double that of any other Bolton player,  but has failed to find the net in his last 15 appearances.


Aside from the long-term absent duo of Lewis Macleod and Emiliano Marcondes, the rest of The Bees squad is fit and available for selection.

Bolton will be without suspended winger Craig Noone, but forward Sami Ameobi is available again after a ban. Defender Mark Beevers could return to the squad after a minor groin injury saw him miss the defeat by Leeds.


Phil Parkinson played more than 350 EFL games for Reading during an 18-year playing career that started at Southampton and also took him to Bury. He moved into management with Colchester United in 2003, winning promotion with the Essex side in 2006 before taking over at Hull City. Parkinson lasted less than six months on Humberside, going on to join Charlton Athletic as Assistant Manager to Alan Pardew. After taking over in November 2008, he couldn't stave off relegation and lost in the League One Play-Offs a year later.

Parkinson was sacked in January 2011, arriving at Bradford later that year. The Bantams finished 18th in his first season in charge but he won promotion the following campaign, at the same time becoming the first manager to take a fourth-tier team to a major Wembley final when The Bantams faced Swansea City in the EFL Cup Final. Parkinson left Valley Parade in 2016, after nearly five years with the club, and led Bolton back to the second tier in his first season in charge before miraculously keeping them up last term. 


Florian Jozefzoon and Neal Maupay struck late on in either half to secure a third straight league win against The Trotters back in January. 


🗣 Thomas Frank says the focus this week has been on hard work, belief, and togetherness

🗣 Julian Jeanvier feels he is ready to help the team after his return from injury

🆚 Marc Iles of the Bolton News on what to expect from The Trotters


Blocks Adults Seniors


Braemar Road Stand 
(B300, B301, B305)
20 15 5 1
Braemar Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
20 15 5 1
New Road Stand 
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
20 15 5 1
New Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
20 15 5 1
Ealing Road Terrace 20 15 5 1

There is a planned strike on South West Trains meaning no service in or out of Brentford station tomorrow. Plan your journey here


Matchday Live will be brought to you from Griffin Park with live iFollow commentary and analysis from the New Road Stand. Mark Burridge is your host from 2.30pm.

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