Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Wycombe Wanderers

  • August 05, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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The University of Bolton Stadium marks its 25th anniversary this season and Bolton will hope to start as they mean to go on when they host Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Since losing to the Chairboys back in January, Ian Evatt's side have lost just once in 12 outings (W8 D3) on home soil and ended the previous campaign with a memorable 4-2 victory over Fleetwood Town.

A 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town on opening day extended the Trotters' unbeaten run to nine in competitive fixtures and with more than 13,000 supporters having snapped up season tickets - the highest figure in over a decade - Bolton will surely be hoping to attract average crowds in excess of 15,000 over the coming months.

The stadium has received a lick of paint in the close-season, while a number of other changes have been made to both the interior and exterior of the ground, including the introduction of a purpose-build Fan Zone which will open to fans roughly three hours ahead of kick-off.

Positive changes are in motion and Wanderers will seek to piggyback on that new-found optimism, with no fresh injury worries to concern themselves with after last weekend's game at Portman Road.

Lloyd Isgrove (hamstring) and Josh Sheehan (knee) are set to feature for the B Team in around 10 days' time, while Eoin Toal will be given as much time as is needed to get to grips with the English game following his move from Derry City.

The defender is currently recovering from a minor ankle problem suffered prior to his switch but faces a difficult task of displacing one of George Johnston, Ricardo Almeida Santos or Gethin Jones, with Jack Iredale and Will Aimson also thrown in the mix as competition for places becomes interesting.

Kyle Dempsey missed out last weekend after suffering a dead leg in training but is set to be considered, while MJ Williams is fit despite taking a blow to the knee last time out.

Dion Charles and Oladapo Afolayan were the preferred attacking duo against the Tractor Boys and could continue, although Evatt may opt to start either Jon Dadi Bodvarsson or Amadou Bakayoko with Wycombe providing more of a physical threat on their travels.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Dixon, Trafford, Jones, John, Santos, Johnston, Iredale, Aimson, Bradley, Williams, Sadlier, Morley, Lee, Dempsey, Thomason, Bodvarsson, Charles, Bakayoko, Afolayan, Kachunga

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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Poll

Who is Bolton's 2021/22 Player of the Year?
32.58% Oladapo Afolayan
30.96% Gethin Jones
21.72% Ricardo Almeida Santos
5.51% Declan John
4.05% Kieran Lee
3.08% MJ Williams
1.78% Joel Dixon
0.32% George Johnston