Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic

  • October 15, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Local rivalry takes centre stage on Saturday when Bolton host Wigan Athletic at the University of Bolton Stadium.

After going unbeaten in their opening five games at the start of the campaign, Wanderers lost on penalties when they faced Latics in the second-round of the Carabao Cup back in August - after the sides had played out a goalless draw at the DW Stadium.

Since then, form has been mixed for Ian Evatt's side, who have won five and lost four of their subsequent games in all competitions - drawing once - with last weekend's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday leaving them occupying 8th place in the League One table, having played at least one game more than most of the teams around them.

This weekend's opponents are one of those sides, with Latics lying 3rd in the table - four points better off than the Trotters, despite playing two games less. In fact, victory for Leam Richardson's side on Saturday could see them return to the top of the standings.

A much-changed Bolton side struggled in the aforementioned cup meeting back in August, with a right-side of Harry Brockbank and Nathan Delfouneso coming in for some tough criticism from visiting supporters that evening.

Delfouneso's fortunes have changed slightly since, although appearances have largely been restricted to the Papa John's Trophy, while Brockbank is in contention to feature in league competition for the first time this season.

Brockbank's likely inclusion is set to come in place of Gethin Jones, who is awaiting results of a scan on an ankle injury but would have missed the game through suspension in any case, having picked up his fifth yellow card of the league campaign at Hillsborough last time out.

In his pre-match press conference with reporters this past Thursday, Evatt revealed two more unnamed players look set to miss out after picking up knocks in training during the week.

There is, however, positive updates on the recoveries of both Liam Edwards and Xavier Amaechi, both of whom have returned to training following spells on the sidelines.

Edwards hasn't figured since January 2020 due to a fractured kneecap and subsequent problems, while Amaechi began running on grass this week for the first time since fracturing a bone in his foot during pre-season.

Andrew Tutte therefore remains the only other long-term absentee, with his recovery from hamstring surgery set to take at least another couple of months.

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

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
9 Portsmouth 19 29
10 Cheltenham Town 18 26
11 Bolton Wanderers 19 25
12 Burton Albion 19 25
13 Ipswich Town 19 24
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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