Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City U21

  • October 29, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton host Manchester City U21 in the Trophy on Tuesday, with their future in the competition very much uncertain.

Having drawn their opening two group games against both Bradford City and Rochdale - before going on to lose a penalty shootout on both occasions - Wanderers will enter the tie occupying 2nd position in the Northern Section's Group F table, with City having already booked their place in the final 32 with a maximum return of six points.

Victory over the Citizens would put Keith Hill's side on five points, meaning they would advance into the next round unless Bradford bettered Wanderers' winning margin by one or more goals, or Dale beat the Bantams by a scoreline that was two-or-more better than the Trotters.

Should Bolton and City finish the night on level terms, the hosts will progress with a shootout success unless there proves to be a clear winner between Bradford and Rochdale. Defeat from 12 yards, however, would see them drop out of the tournament.

A major caveat in the situation, though, is that Bradford and Rochdale are not due to meet for another fortnight - clashing at Utilita Energy Stadium on November 12.

After Saturday's League One fixture at Lincoln City was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Bolton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of kick-off but they are unlikely to be boosted by the return of any previously absent names.

Ben Alnwick, Joe Bunney, Jack Hobbs, Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Harry Brockbank and Liam Edwards remain sidelined, while decisions will be made over the fitness of Jake Wright, Thibaud Verlinden and Sonny Graham.

The under-23's were in action against Wigan Athletic on Monday night - losing 2-0 to Wigan Athletic at the County Ground - in a game which saw the likes of Matthew Alexander, Jordan Boon, Adam Senior and Callum King-Harmes feature.

Dennis Politic and Connor Hall were also involved against the Latics, but their half-time withdrawals suggests they may be utilised as substitutes.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Matthews, Alexander, Emmanuel, Wright, Chicksen, Zouma, Earl, Lowe, L Murphy, Crawford, Weir, Verlinden, Politic, Graham, D Murphy, O'Grady, Dodoo, Hall

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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