Wanderers return to League One action when Exeter head to the Toughsheet Community Stadium this weekend.

Ian Evatt’s men have won their last seven matches in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in the last five.

The Whites currently sit third in the table - only outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference at this stage.

Team news

Evatt reckons the international break came at a good time for the Bolton squad after a demanding period, both physically and mentally.

Kyle Dempsey is back in training after spending more than a month on the sidelines due to a back problem.

However, Wanderers plan to be cautious with the midfielder due to the amount of time he has been out of action.

Will Forrester is also back in training, having missed the past couple of matches after tweaking his knee.

Opposition lowdown

Exeter find themselves 20th in the table, having gone eight games without a win in the league, and are only a point above the drop zone.

The Grecians returned to winning ways in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night, beating Swindon 1-0 after a goal from former Bolton man Yanic Wildschut.

It was the Dutchman’s first goal since joining the club over the summer. He had a stint at Oxford last season, making 24 appearances in all competitions.

Exeter issued an official statement earlier this week giving manager Gary Caldwell their backing despite their league position.


Wanderers have faced Exeter 15 times in their history, with a record of seven wins, four draws and four defeats.

Evatt’s men ran out 2-0 winners when the sides met at the Toughsheet Community Stadium last term, with Conor Bradley and Dion Charles both getting on the scoresheet.

The Whites also came out on top at St James Park several months later, with Bradley getting the decisive goal that day.

Predicted line-up

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