Bolton clash 'outstanding fixture' of weekend says Sheffield United boss

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder

Title favourites Blades travel to The Macron with high hopes, but Bolton are equally hopeful of a return to the Championship.

Northampton Town manager Chris WilderNew Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has heaped praise on his team's supporters ahead of the opening weekend of the domestic football season. 

After selling their original allocation of 3700 tickets, the Blades were able to secure another 500 from Bolton Wanderers. And after the additional tickets sold out on Thursday afternoon, 4200 supporters will travel the short distance to Greater Manchester for the opening fixture. 

Speaking to the club's website Wilder said: "It will have a Championship feel to it with the amount of support we take which doesn't surprise me. It fills us with pride that we have the ability to take that amount of support across the road."

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Both clubs have been tipped for promotion this season, with Oddschecker having United down as title favourites. And despite Bolton being rocked by a second relegation in five years, Wilder knows that Phil Parkinson's side will provide a tough test on Saturday.

He added: "I know the staff really well, they'll definitely be enthusiastic. Look at the quality of their group, they've good talented individuals there. Davies has played in the Premier League, Amos played in the Champions League, Pratley in the Premier League for Swansea. They'll be a team that is looking to bounce back up."

Yet the ex-Oxford boss is heading into the fixture with just one mentality as his team aims to dominate the third tier this season, knowing that a positive result will create some early momentum. 

He said: "The key from mine and Phil's point of view is putting that all together. I'm sure that they'll improve as the season goes on, just as we will.

"It'll be a close fought game but we are going there positive in an enthusiastic manner backed by great support. We'll be looking for three points which will be our attitude home and away all season.

"On day one it's the outstanding fixture of League One!"

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