Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers Preview: We have to earn the right to be backed


Leeds United welcome Bolton Wanderers to what is expected to be a sell out Elland Road on Good Friday.

Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom has called on fans to “not underestimate how important they are to the team” but does acknowledge the squad need to earn the right to be backed.

With many season ticket holders taking up the offer of bring a friend for free to the game, plus 2,500 Bolton fans making the trip, it promises to be a special atmosphere on Friday.

Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that Samu Saiz has a good chance of playing on Friday, saying he is at about 95%.

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PH also confirmed that Kemar Roofe and Laurens De Bock would once again miss out but there are no concerns over Pontus Jansson who returned from international duty last night. Heckingbottom also hinted that Jack Clarke could be the next under 23 to feature in the first team squad.

On Bolton, Heckingbottom realises that they have had a “big change around in terms of results” and that they now have a clear identity, something he wants to work on with his Leeds team.

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Bolton currently sit 19th and six points above the drop zone. They are currently 10th in the form table and have seen a remarkable up turn in form since the turn of the year.

The Trotter’s have won 20 points since boxing day lifting them from 23rd in the table but come into this game without an away win in seven.

Manager – Phil Parkinson

Top Scorer – Gary Madine (10)*

Last 5 Away (League) – D – D – D – L – L

*Gary Madine is now at Cardiff City.

Last time we met at Elland Road…

Sat 5 Mar ’16 Leeds United 2 (Antenucci 39′, 62′) – 1 Bolton Wanderers (Woolery 74′)

A Mirco Antenucci brace ensured a first win in five games for Steve Evans’ side and left Bolton 10 points from safety.

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