Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Liverpool U21

  • October 05, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt will use Tuesday's Papa John's Trophy tie against Liverpool U21 as an opportunity to give minutes to players he deems most in need.

Having beaten Port Vale in their opening group fixture back in August, Wanderers can book their place in the knockout stages with victory over the Young Reds at the University of Bolton Stadium, and has already revealed he plans to field an experienced side.

The Trotters boss has confirmed Matt Gilks will start ahead of Joel Dixon in goal, with the 39-year-old playing behind a back-four of Liam Gordon, Alex Baptiste, Will Aimson and Harry Brockbank.

That means Declan John, George Johnston and Ricardo Santos will all be afforded breaks ahead of Saturday's game against Sheffield Wednesday, while Gethin Jones will be given extra time to recover from the dead leg that forced him off at half-time against Shrewsbury Town last time out.

With Andrew Tutte missing following hamstring surgery, Evatt may opt to start MJ Williams. Should he decide to give the midfielder a break, however, George Thomason and Josh Sheehan will be in contention, as will Brandon Comley - who is eligible to feature in the competition despite being omitted from Wanderers' squad for league fixtures.

Nathan Delfouneso, Amadou Bakayoko and Elias Kachunga are all vying for a place in attack in the event that Eoin Doyle is given the night off, while Mitchell Henry is set to be included in the squad after impressing in a cameo role against Port Vale earlier in the season.

Adam Senior and Jay Fitzmartin would likely have been utilised under normal circumstances, but the two academy products currently find themselves out on youth loans at Ashton United and Stalybridge Celtic, respectively.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Gilks, Dixon, John, Santos, Johnston, Aimson, Brockbank, Baptiste, Gordon, Colvin, Williams, Sheehan, Sarcevic, Afolayan, Lee, Isgrove, Thomason, Comley, Conway, Delfouneso, Doyle, Bakayoko, Kachunga, Henry

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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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