Team News: Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers

  • September 24, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton and Sunderland meet for the 150th time on Saturday as the two sides go head-to-head at the Stadium of Light.

Since their first competitive meeting in October 1890, Wanderers have emerged victorious on 50 occasions, drawing 37 times, whilst the Black Cats have the edge with 62 wins to their name.

Historically a fixture which has been played out in the top division, the teams currently find themselves in the third tier following a decade of decline - although fortunes appear to be on the rise as both plot their way back up through the EFL pyramid.

Ian Evatt's side have hit somewhat of a sticky patch in recent games, with a 5-2 thrashing of Ipswich Town sandwiched between a goalless draw with Burton Albion and defeat to Rotherham United.

Although the Trotters have produced eye-catching performances on each occasion, the manager will be hoping to avoid another blank in an attempt to close the gap on the weekend opponents.

Declan John has this week handed the boss a selection boost, as he made it through a week of training following his recovery from illness.

The left-back is in contention to feature against his former club, although Liam Gordon will be hoping to retain his place after starting in each of the last four games in all competitions.

Harry Brockbank is also back after sitting out the last few games through injury, while Amadou Bakayoko is closing in on a return of his own after stepping up his recovery from a calf problem.

Andrew Tutte will undergo surgery to repair a torn hamstring on Saturday, potentially keeping him sidelined into 2022, while Liam Edwards (knee), Xavier Amaechi (foot) and Finlay Lockett (knee) remain on the treatment table.

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

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
13 Accrington Stanley 27 36
14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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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