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OPPOSITION GUIDE: BOLTON WANDERERS

26 October 2020

City will be aiming to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment when making the 42-mile journey to Bolton Wanderers tomorrow evening (7.00pm).

The Trotters sit 18th in Sky Bet League Two, picking up one win from their opening eight matches of the 2020/21 campaign.

We have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on tomorrow's hosts...

TRANSFER ACTIVITY

Bolton proved busy during the summer transfer window as they looked to rebuild their squad following last season’s relegation.

INS: Matthew Gilks (Fleetwood Town), Jamie Mascoll (Wycombe Wanderers), Jak Hickman (Coventry City), Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool), Reiss Greenidge (Arendal Fotball), Gethin Jones (Carlisle United), Ricardo Santos (Barnet), Liam Gordon (Dagenham & Redbridge), Alex Baptiste (Doncaster Rovers), Brandon Comley (Colchester United), Eoin Doyle (Swindon Town), Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle), George Taft (Cambridge United), Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town, loan), Tom White (Blackburn Rovers, loan), Andrew Tutte (Morecambe), Peter Kioso (Luton Town, loan), Lloyd Isgrove (Swindon Town), Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town), Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra).

OUTS: Connor Hall (Woking FC), Yoan Zouma (Barrow), Joe Bunney (Matlock Town), Joe Dodoo (Ankara Keciörengücü), Luke Murphy (Crewe Alexandra), Jacob Mellis (Gillingham), Daryl Murphy (Waterford), Remi Matthews (Sunderland), Josh Emmanuel (Hull City), Jason Lowe (Salford City), Eddie Brown (released), Jack Hobbs (released), Will Buckley (released), Chris O’Grady (released)

ONES TO WATCH

Alex Baptiste

Experienced defender Alex Baptiste rejoined the Wanderers in the summer from Doncaster Rovers, seven years on from his initial stint in Lancashire between 2013 and 2015.

Aged 34, the former Blackpool man brings a wealth of experience to the Bolton side, having racked up a total of 494 appearances across his 18-year career so far.

Ali Crawford

Scottish midfielder Ali Crawford featured 14 times for Bolton during the 2019/20 campaign, scoring two goals and registering five assists in an injury-hit debut season with the club.

The 29-year-old made 227 appearances for Hamilton Academical between 2009 and 2018 before making the move south of the border to Doncaster Rovers in 2018.

Nathan Delfouneso 

Nathan Delfouneso joined Wanderers this summer from Sky Bet League One side Blackpool, where he netted 24 times in 125 appearances for the Tangerines - over a three-year stint.

The former England under-21 international is a product of Aston Villa’s academy and was crowned top scorer for his country in the Under-19 European Championships of 2009, scoring four goals.

THE MANAGER

Bolton announced the appointment of Ian Evatt as their new head coach ahead of the 2020/21 season in July, on a three-year deal.

Evatt achieved promotion from the Vanarama National League with Cumbrian outfit Barrow in just his second season of management.

During his playing career, the former defender racked up a total of 534 professional appearances during his time at Derby County, Northampton Town, Queens Park Rangers, Blackpool and Chesterfield.

THE CAPTAIN

Antoni Sarcevic put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Bolton in July after three successful years with Plymouth Argyle.

In May 2013, Sarcevic was called up to the England 'C' squad to face Bermuda during his time at Chester, netting the opening goal of the game in a 6-1 win.

LAST TIME OUT

Wanderers came from behind to secure a point against second-place Cambridge United at Abbey Stadium, on Saturday.

Cambridge United 1

Bolton Wanderers 1

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday October 24th 2020

Bolton: Crellin; Kioso, Brockbank (Gordon 72'), Almeida Santos, Baptiste, Delaney; Crawford, Tutte; Doyle (Gnahoua 50'), Delfouneso, Sarcevic. Subs (not used): Taft, Hickman, Mascoll, Greenidge, Darcy.

Goals: Antoni Sarcevic (82’).

The match will be available to stream - via iFollow - for £10, with video match passes available to purchase by CLICKING HERE.


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