Wanderers could book their place in the play-off final at Wembley when they host Barnsley in the crucial second leg.

The Whites have a two-goal lead following a successful trip to Oakwell on Friday night, with Dion Charles bagging a brace and Randell Williams also getting on the scoresheet in stoppage time.

The winner will take on Oxford or Peterborough for a place in the Championship next season. The U’s won the first leg 1-0 at the Kassam Stadium and the rematch takes place on Wednesday night at London Road. 

Team news

Ian Evatt says Wanderers have no fresh injury concerns from the first leg and the squad is raring to go again.

Charles continues to look sharper with each game after a couple of months on the sidelines with a knee problem.

Victor Adeboyejo also made an appearance off the bench against his former club following a spell out with a hamstring issue.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Carlos Mendes Gomes are the only long-term absentees in the squad with calf and Achilles injuries respectively.

Opposition view

Barnsley interim boss Martin Devaney reckons they need an early goal to put Bolton “on the back foot”.

He told Barnsley Chronicle: “We have to believe in ourselves. Our away form has been fantastic this year and that can lead into Tuesday nicely.

“Bolton are a good side. They just finished outside the top two and they have really good individuals who can hurt you.

“It will be a similar gameplan but we have to get that early goal and put them on the back foot. We have to cut out the mistakes and try to attack them as best we can.

“I just have to be really positive with the guys and get them believing we can go there and win. We are the underdog, it is 3-1 but stranger things have happened.”


Wanderers have faced the Tykes 50 times in their history, with a record of 18 wins, 18 draws and 14 defeats. Eight of those meetings have come in the last couple of seasons.

The points were shared when the sides met at the Toughsheet Community Stadium in the league earlier this year, with Zac Ashworth cancelling out Devante Cole’s opener.

The first leg at Bolton last season also ended in a draw, with Charles providing an immediate response after Nicky Cadden had broken the deadlock.

Predicted line-up

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