THE Brewers play their first game of 2020 away at Bolton Wanderers tomorrow (kick off 3pm).
Check out our preview as we look to get back to winning ways on the road after the 2-0 defeat at Accrington on Sunday.
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The only time the Brewers and Bolton have been in the same division previously was in the 2017/18 season when both clubs were in the Championship and Albion did the double over their relegation rivals.
On December 16, 2017, Lloyd Dyer's third league goal of the season secured a precious victory for Albion. The winger's 23rd minute strike from 25 yards flew in to give the Brewers the lead and they hung on despite David Wheater's second half header crashing off the underside of the bar.
On April 28, 2018, Albion took the fight for Championship survival to the final day of the season after first half goals from Hope Akpan and Lucas Akins proved enough to overcome a Bolton side also dragged deep into relegation trouble on a nervy day at the Pirelli.
Akpan smashed home a rising drive on 28 minutes before Akins prodded home a loose ball eight minutes later. Much as Bolton pressed, they could not get back into it and Liam Boyce missed second half chances to put the game out of sight.
The Brewers lost John Brayford and Stephen Quinn to injury at Accrington on Sunday and both will be struggling to be fit for tomorrow’s game. Kieran Wallace missed the trip to Accrington through illness whilst Oliver Sarkic had to come off at half-time through fatigue – both players will hopefully recover to be in contention tomorrow. Defender John-Joe O’Toole completes his suspension by missing the game.
Bolton stretched their unbeaten run to three games with a 1-1 draw at home to Shrewsbury on Sunday despite being reduced to ten men.
Thibaud Verlinden's 34th-minute effort gave the home side the lead but Daniel Udoh equalised after 53 minutes.
Jason Lowe's dismissal for a foul on Oliver Norburn on 58 minutes meant Bolton spent the rest of the game resisting Shrewsbury pressure. The visitors racked up 25 efforts on goal and 63 per cent possession but couldn’t find a winner.
Bolton had three former Brewers players in their squad on Sunday – keeper Remi Matthews, midfielder Luke Murphy and striker Chris O’Grady
The referee for tomorrow’s match will Scott Oldham. In his 22 games so far this season, he has shown two red cards and has issued 62 cautions.
The assistants will be Chris Isherwood and Alan Clayton. Steve Copeland will be the fourth official.
Tickets are now off-sale from the Club Shop at the Pirelli Stadium, but Brewers fans can still purchase tickets on the day of the game from Bolton at no increase in price.
Albion supporters will be able to purchase tickets directly from the turnstiles at Block E of the Franking Sense South Stand. Tickets will be sold on a cash-only basis from 2pm.
Prices for the tickets, located in the Franking Sense South Stand, are as follows:
Concession (Over-65/Under-23): £12
Wheelchair users pay the relevant age category with a carer free of charge.
Please note that all concessions must take a form of ID with them to show at the turnstiles in order to enter the stadium.
Those unable to provide identification at the turnstile will be asked to upgrade their ticket at the Ticket Office.
Car parking is also available for Brewers fans at £7 per car £12 per minibus and £20 per coach. Amount is payable on entry to Car Park A.
Disabled bays are also available on a first-come, first-served basis at the above prices.
Official club coach travel is also available for this fixture:
Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Departure time: 11am
Price per seat: £15.00
Return time: 7.30pm approx
This fixture will unfortunately not be available to watch via our iFollow Brewers service.
Supporters unable to make it to Bolton can however purchase an Audio Match Pass that will allow them to listen to full match commentary from BBC Radio Derby. It costs just £2.50 (or comes included with an iFollow monthly subscription) and can be purchased by clicking here.