Team News: Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

  • October 01, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Keith Hill's search for a maiden win as Bolton manager continues on Tuesday, when he returns to former club Rochdale for the first time since his dismissal.

Hill, who was appointed manager of Wanderers in August, took charge of more than 550 games during two separate stints at the Crown Oil Arena, the most recent of which came to an end in March with the club languishing in the League One relegation places.

The two clubs have already met this season, with Dale emerging 5-2 winners in a Carabao Cup first-round tie on August 13 - an evening which would prove to be Phil Parkinson's penultimate game in charge of the Trotters.

Plenty of water has passed under the bridge in the seven weeks since that tie, so much so that their Trophy outing will be subjected to a midday pitch inspection due to adverse weather conditions that have struck the area in recent days.

Should the match receive approval from match official Leigh Doughty, Hill will be looking for improved performances from a number of his players following their weekend defeat at Portsmouth.

Competition rules prevent clubs from making wholesale changes to their line-ups but with Bolton not in action for six days following the conclusion of the game, the manager is likely to keep faith with the majority of his senior players.

Matthew Alexander, Adam Senior, Jordan Boon, Callum King-Harmes, Ronan Darcy, Nathan Whalley, Eddie Brown, D'Neal Richards and Joe White were all called upon for Monday's under-23 clash with Hull City, seemingly ruling them out of contention.

Luke Murphy and James Weir were also in action at the University of Bolton Stadium, potentially opening the door for two academy prospects to make their claim for a place in the senior side on a more permanent basis.

Thibaud Verlinden may be rested after limping out of Saturday's defeat at Fratton Park with a dead leg, while Daryl Murphy is unlikely to be risked after coming through 90 minutes in that game when the original plan was for him to figure for an hour.

With Chris O'Grady not yet fit enough to make his Wanderers debut and Connor Hall unavailable due to a long-term ankle injury, Will Buckley may be utilised as a lone forward with support from a returning Dennis Politic.

After Luke Hutchinson and the aforementioned Alexander required for under-23 duty on Monday, it would appear Ben Alnwick will be the only challenger for Remi Matthews in goal.

Joe Bunney, Jake Wright, Harry Brockbank, Liam Edwards and Josh Earl are all sidelined, leaving Hill with a 19-man squad to choose from should Verlinden be deemed fit enough for consideration.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Matthews, Emmanuel, Hobbs, Chicksen, Zouma, Edmondson, Lowe, Buckley, Crawford, Verlinden, Politic, Bridcutt, Graham, Lockett, Brown-Sterling, Osigwe, Riley, Fitzmartin

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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 31 33
20 AFC Wimbledon 31 30
21 Tranmere Rovers 30 23
22 Southend United 31 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 29 11
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