Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Cheltenham Town – prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole preview Saturday’s League One clash between Bolton Wanderers and Cheltenham Town, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Bolton Wanderers will be looking to get three straight home wins in League One if they are welcomed Cheltenham City at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday.
The hosts are in impressive form, having lost just one of their last 10 games, while the visitors have been without a win in their last five league games.
Aaron Morley and Dion Charles met Bolton last time out as they cemented their place in the League One play-offs with a 2-1 win at The Valley over Charlton Athletic.
That win means the Trotters have won back-to-back league games after a loss to Derby County on January 21 ended an eight-game unbeaten streak in all competitions.
Bolton have won their last two league games at home, beating Portsmouth 3-0 before slipping past Forest Green Rovers thanks to a goal from Dion Charles.
In fact, the Trotters have found the most success in front of their own fans as they have accumulated 31 points in the 15 games they have played at the University of Bolton Stadium – only Plymouth Argyle have a better home record.
Ian EvattThe Cheltenham side go into the weekend in fifth place and are keen to continue their play-off push at the weekend against a Cheltenham side who have picked up 12 points from 14 games this season.
Cheltenham’s first point of 2023 came after a goalless draw with Port Vale at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium last weekend.
Before, Wade ElliottThe DFB side had started the calendar year with four straight league defeats, leaving the Robins 18th in the table, four points clear of the relegation zone.
Having conceded two goals in each game of that four-game losing streak, Cheltenham know they will need to play in a more defensive manner similar to that against Port Vale if they are to end their poor form and move out of the relegation zone.
The Robins will be looking to repeat the 1-0 win they achieved in their last home game against Bolton on October 4 Ryan Broom to be the hero that day.
Form of Bolton Wanderers League One:
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Form of Cheltenham Town League One:
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Bolton signed Luke Mbete on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the season on transfer deadline day, meaning he could make his debut this weekend.
Dion Charles is the Trotters’ top scorer in League One with 11 goals and is expected to retain his place in the starting XI.
Dan N’Lundulu has missed the last two games after suffering a hamstring injury and could also miss Saturday’s game against Cheltenham.
As for the visitors Glenrea joined the Robins from Luton Town on transfer deadline day but is still recovering from a knee injury meaning he will have to wait for his debut.
Fellow arriving in January Elkan Baggott could make his Cheltenham debut on Saturday after joining on loan from Ipswich Town.
Bolton Wanderers possible starting line-up:
trafford; Jones, Santos, Johnston; Bradley, Morley, Dempsey, Jones; Lee; Shoretire, Charles
Cheltenham Town possible starting line-up:
south wood; Lang, Taylor, Raglan; Broom, Bonds, Perry, Olayinka, Ferry; May, Goodwin
We say Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Cheltenham Town
Bolton have won their last three home games in all competitions so we believe they will take all three points on Saturday against a Cheltenham side who are without a win in their last five games.
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