Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Forest Green Rovers

  • September 11, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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For only the second time in their 143-year history, Bolton begin life as a fourth-tier club as they host Forest Green Rovers at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Not since the 1987/88 campaign have Wanderers flirted with the bottom rung of the EFL - an organisation that was then known as the Football League and a tier simply known back then as Division Four.

Phil Neal's side began that season with a 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra at Burnden Park and ended it with a memorable 1-0 victory at Wrexham the following May, as they won promotion as the 3rd-placed team in the final standings.

As for Forest Green, they ended that particular campaign in 9th place of the Southern Football League Midland Division, some three levels below their current placing in the English pyramid.

Having achieved promotion to the EFL for the first time in their history in 2017, it will come as no surprise to discover Saturday's clash will be the first meeting of any kind between the two clubs.

Wanderers Head Coach Ian Evatt has got off to a losing start to life in his new role, suffering back-to-back defeats to Bradford City and Crewe in the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy, respectively.

He will be looking to pick up maximum points in league action, however, and is expected to make a number of changes from the previous outing against Alex on Tuesday evening.

Ryan Delaney, Harry Brockbank, Ali Crawford and Jak Hickman were all handed their first starts of the season in that game, although Brockbank and Hickman are widely tipped to drop to the substitutes' bench.

Shaun Miller came on to score on his Trotters debut but is unlikely to dislodge the attacking partnership of Eoin Doyle and Nathan Delfouneso, with the remainder of the team being kept under wraps.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Evatt revealed he could be without as many as four of the players who featured last time out but refused to be drawn into giving names.

In a boost to his selection options, though, Sonny Graham was pictured in training on Friday after recently being forced to self-isolate following potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, while Reiss Greenidge could come into contention for a debut after sitting out in recent weeks due to a hamstring complaint.

Bolton remain without Dennis Politic and Liam Edwards (both knee), while Muhammadu Faal is out with a foot injury.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Crellin, Gilks, Alexander, Jones, Gordon, Taft, Santos, Delaney, Hickman, Greenidge, Brockbank, Baptiste, Senior, Comley, Sarcevic, Crawford, White, Darcy, Tutte, Graham, Delfouneso, Doyle, Amoateng, Miller

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