Team News: Accrington Stanley v Bolton Wanderers

  • November 23, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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To quote Keith Hill: "Bolton Wanderers FC - You know there's drama."

In that one solitary sentence, the past 48 hours at the University of Bolton Stadium can be summed up perfectly.

After months of waiting, Wanderers discovered on Thursday that they would be hit with a five-point penalty and £70,000 fine - the deduction and half of the financial outlay being suspended until the end of next season.

Outbursts from followers of opposition clubs quickly followed, as did a statement from the EFL in which they revealed they would be appealing the 'lenient' findings of an independent Disciplinary Commission.

For a little over 12 hours, at least, focus was finally back on the football field and Saturday's first-ever clash with the current incarnation of Accrington Stanley - a club whose fans know all too painfully well about the pitfalls of financial instability, following the liquidation of the original Stanley in 1966.

A bumper crowd is expected at the Wham Stadium at the weekend, with potential for a record attendance in excess of the 5,397 that turned out to see an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Derby County in January.

Roughly half of those in the stands will be visiting fans, who could see a couple of changes as their side go in search of a fourth consecutive league victory for the first time since March 2017.

Matthew Alexander, Adam Senior, Dennis Politic, Sonny Graham and Ronan Darcy were not included as the under-23 squad were beaten 6-0 at Nottingham Forest on Friday afternoon.

Jordan Boon did feature for David Lee's side, likely putting him out of contention, while James Weir's omission looks set to continue after he was handed the captain's armband against Forest's second string.

Liam Bridcutt made a surprise return from a dislocated shoulder and fractured breastbone in last weekend's win over Milton Keynes Dons, but it was the second-half introduction of Thibaud Verlinden which whetted appetites and could earn him a recall ahead of either Joe Dodoo or Chris O'Grady.

Both Dodoo and O'Grady could theoretically displace Daryl Murphy in attack but with the 36-year-old veteran going in search of a goal for the fourth game in-a-row, he is expected to retain his place in the team.

Jack Hobbs and Harry Brockbank continue to be monitored by fitness staff after periods on the sidelines, but the likes of Ben Alnwick, Joe Bunney, Will Buckley, Connor Hall and Ali Crawford remain on the treatment table and will not be considered.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Matthews, Alexander, Emmanuel, Hobbs, Wright, Chicksen, Brockbank, Zouma, Earl, Senior, Lowe, L Murphy, Weir, Verlinden, Politic, Bridcutt, Graham, D Murphy, O'Grady, Dodoo, Darcy

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19 AFC Wimbledon 18 16
20 Tranmere Rovers 17 16
21 Milton Keynes Dons 18 13
22 Southend United 19 6
23 Bolton Wanderers 15 1
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