Team News: Stoke City v Bolton Wanderers

  • October 02, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will come up against a familiar foe on Tuesday, when they travel to the bet365 Stadium for a first meeting with Stoke City in over six years.

After suffering a crushing 5-0 defeat in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium in April 2011, Wanderers bounced back with victory by the same scoreline in a Premier League encounter the following November.

But it was the Potters who had the last laugh in the most recent clash of the teams, when a 2-2 draw at the Britannia Stadium in May 2012 relegated Wanderers to the Championship after an 11-year stay in the Premier League.

Fresh from relegation themselves and still adapting to life in the second tier, Stoke - who will begin the day in 17th position - know results must begin to pick up soon if they are to have any realistic chance of a return to the top-flight.

Phil Parkinson's side make the journey to the Potteries on the back of a 1-0 home win over Derby County on Saturday, and the Trotters boss may opt to rotate several of his players with one eye also on their weekend match with Blackburn Rovers.

Remi Matthews made his Championship debut last time out and is expected to continue in goal after Ben Alnwick aggravated a groin injury, with Ben Williams providing the cover on the substitutes' bench.

Jack Hobbs was in inspired form alongside David Wheater against Derby and should retain his place, although the latter may drop out in favour of the rested Mark Beevers.

Marc Wilson is available for selection after serving a one-match ban following his sending off at Ipswich Town, putting him in contention for a place in a backline featuring Pawel Olkowski - who received his first international call to the Polish national side in three years on Monday afternoon.

In addition to the aforementioned Alnwick, Bolton remain without the services of Andrew Taylor (calf) and Sammy Ameobi (ankle), while Lloyd Dyer is a doubt as he continues to prove his fitness in training.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Matthews, B Williams, Little, Beevers, Hobbs, Olkowski, Wilson, Grounds, Wheater, Lowe, Vela, Oztumer, Buckley, Noone, Murphy, O'Neil, J Williams, Wildschut, Donaldson, Doidge, Magennis

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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone