North West neighbours Accrington Stanley stand between Wanderers and a trip to Wembley in the Papa Johns Trophy final.

Ian Evatt’s men have already overcome Barrow, Manchester United Under-21s and Portsmouth in the knockout rounds.

The Whites will be eager to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Wycombe and secure a return to Wembley after more than a decade.

Team news

Wanderers are down to the “bare bones” for Wednesday night’s game, with Shola Shoretire, Victor Adeboyejo and Dan Nlundulu all cup-tied after playing in the competition for other clubs this season.

Kyle Dempsey was also forced off with an injury during the second half at Wycombe and will have a scan.

Gethin Jones was also brought off at half time against the Chairboys, with Declan John taking his place.

Meanwhile, Cameron Jerome is a doubt after again suffering from a back spasm following the trip to Adams Park.

As for the hosts, experienced winger Sean McConville could miss out after picking up a knee injury at the weekend.

Opposition lowdown

Accrington enter the game on the back of a 1-0 win against Shrewsbury, with Brentford loanee Aaron Pressley getting the decisive goal.

The result saw John Coleman’s side climb out of the relegation zone as they aim to maintain their League One status.

The Reds beat Lincoln on penalties in the quarter-final following a 2-2 draw at Sincil Bank. Former Bolton loanee Lukas Jensen denied Danny Mandroiu and Max Sanders from the spot.


Wanderers have faced Accrington seven times in their history, with a record of three wins, one draw and three defeats.

Evatt’s men ran out 3-2 winners at the Wham Stadium back in October, with Kieran Lee and Dapo Afolayan securing a memorable comeback as well as a Harvey Rodgers own goal.

The Whites also came out on top at the University of Bolton Stadium last season, with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson bagging a brace that day.

Predicted line-up

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