Wanderers could make it six wins on the bounce in all competitions when they host Blackpool this weekend.

Ian Evatt’s men enter the game on the back of a hard-fought 2-0 victory against Shrewsbury in midweek.

The Whites currently sit third in the League One table – only behind second-place Oxford on goal difference at this stage.

Team news

Wanderers are still waiting to see which personnel will be available to face the Seasiders on Saturday afternoon.

The victory at Shrewsbury took its toll on the Bolton squad, and Evatt admitted they have had a “busy treatment room”.

Gethin Jones was forced off with an ankle issue at Croud Meadow, while Aaron Morley received a knock late on.

West Brom loanee Zac Ashworth is back in training after a month out of action, while Kyle Dempsey isn’t expected to return to the first-team picture until after the international break.

Opposition lowdown

Neil Critchley returned to the Bloomfield Road hot seat over the summer, succeeding Mick McCarthy in the role.

Blackpool currently sit eighth in the table, two points off the play-off places, as they aim to bounce back from last season’s relegation from the Championship.

Critchley’s side beat non-league Bromley 2-0 in the FA Cup last weekend after goals from Shayne Lavery and Karamoko Dembele.

Huddersfield loanee Jordan Rhodes is their current top scorer on nine goals in 12 league appearances so far this season.


Wanderers are no strangers to facing Blackpool, having met more than 100 times over the years. The Whites have a record of 40 wins, 30 draws and 33 defeats in the fixture.

The points were shared when the sides last met at the Toughsheet Community Stadium following a goalless draw in October 2019.

Blackpool ran out 2-1 winners at Bloomfield Road several months later despite Kean Bryan getting on the scoresheet for Bolton.

Predicted line-up

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