Wanderers will be keen to return to winning ways in League One in front of a bumper crowd against Reading.

More than 24,000 tickets have been sold for Community Day as Ian Evatt’s men aim to crank the pressure on second-place Derby, who travel to leaders Portsmouth on Tuesday night.

The Whites were held to a goalless draw at play-off hopefuls Stevenage on Good Friday, with Will Forrester heading against the crossbar bar in the first half.

Team news

The game is likely to come too soon for Dion Charles and Nathan Baxter – but the pair could be back for Bristol Rovers.

Gethin Jones was absent from the squad against Stevenage with a bruised hip which had been sustained on international duty with Australia.

Forrester came back into the side in Jones’ absence – the defender’s first appearance since returning from a hamstring injury.

Randell Williams also missed the trip to the Lamex Stadium with a knock, although he is due back imminently.

Opposition lowdown

Reading enter the fixture in high spirits following back-to-back victories against Cambridge and Northampton.

Substitute Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan got the decisive goal against the Cobblers following a tight contest at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

Those results saw the Royals move six points clear of the relegation zone, making sure that their destiny is firmly in their own hands heading into the final six matches.


Wanderers have faced Reading 38 times in their history, with an even record of 14 wins, 10 draws and 14 defeats.

Evatt’s side were beaten 2-1 when the sides met in September after late goals from Caylan Vickers and Charlie Savage.

The Royals’ last trip to Bolton was a 1-1 draw in January 2019, with Jack Hobbs scoring a late equaliser after Nelson Oliveira had got the opener from the penalty spot.

Predicted line-up

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