Team News: Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers

  • September 10, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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'Who will play at left-back?' is a question which rarely sparks debate in football, yet it is perhaps the biggest talking point ahead of Bolton's trip to Ipswich Town.

Wanderers head to Portman Road on Saturday looking to end a dismal recent record against the Tractor Boys - having failed to win any of the last 13 meetings between the sides, scoring just six times and shipping an alarming 20 goals in total.

The Trotters last tasted success against Town back in January 2005 when Stelios Giannakopoulos and a brace from Henrik Pedersen gave them a 3-1 victory in an FA Cup third-round tie, whilst their last success in league competition came in November 2001 as Gudni Bergsson and Michael Ricketts helped Sam Allardyce's side to three points in a Premier League fixture.

Two months shy of 20 years since that day, the clubs now find themselves languishing in the third-tier of the English game and found themselves amongst the bookmakers' favourites for promotion prior to the campaign.

Reality has proved to be somewhat different, however, with Bolton beginning the weekend in 13th place, whilst Ipswich currently occupy a spot in the League One relegation zone after a winless start.

Wanderers did everything but score in Monday's goalless draw at home to Burton Albion and manager Ian Evatt may be tempted to stick with the same team.

However, Declan John is available after illness will compete for a spot in defence with Liam Gordon, who has contributed towards four clean sheets in his five appearances so far this season in all competitions.

John's stop-start season has yet to see him reach the same standards he set during an impeccable loan spell last term, but he is the favourite to start in an otherwise unchanged defence consisting of George Johnston, Ricardo Santos and Gethin Jones.

Will Aimson played 87 minutes for Sam Hird's reserve side as they beat Accrington Stanley on Tuesday afternoon - a game which also saw the likes of Adam Senior, Andrew Tutte, George Thomason and goalscorer Harry Brockbank given valuable game time.

Brandon Comley was left out of the 20-man squad submitted to the EFL during the week and will therefore be ineligible to feature in league games until such time that he is registered, although Liam Edwards has been included despite going 20 months without playing due to a succession of knee surgeries.

Xavier Amaechi (foot), Amadou Bakayoko (calf) and Finlay Lockett (knee) remain sidelined, with no dates currently set for their anticipated returns.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Gilks, Dixon, Jones, John, Santos, Johnston, Aimson, Brockbank, Baptiste, Gordon, Senior, Williams, Sheehan, Sarcevic. Afolayan, Tutte, Lee, Isgrove, Thomason, Delfouneso, Doyle, Kachunga

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
8 Burton Albion 13 19
9 Oxford United 12 18
10 Bolton Wanderers 13 18
11 Accrington Stanley 12 16
12 Portsmouth 12 15
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Poll

Who is Bolton's 2020/21 Player of the Year?
56.86% Ricardo Santos
17.79% Matt Gilks
10.64% Alex Baptiste
9.94% Eoin Doyle
2.52% Antoni Sarcevic
1.54% Gethin Jones
0.42% Nathan Delfouneso
0.28% Ryan Delaney