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Match Preview: Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers

Bolton are making a midweek trip to the coast on Tuesday night. I would advise them to stay out of the casinos.

Ben Hoskins

So then, let's review where the Mighty Bolton Wanderers stand nine games into the season. Wanderers have four points from a possible 27. Wanderers have zero wins in the league this season. Wanderers have no recognized left back in the squad. Wanderers have no clean sheets. Wanderers have no goals from a striker.

Sadly, that paragraph might paint a rosier picture than the reality the club has faced. The supporters are so depressed, the home crowds so miserable, that it may almost help the Trotters to play away from home. Their hosts this week, Blackpool, have got off to a very good start this season. 18 points from nine matches has them in seventh position, and a win could bring the Seasiders as high as second. Bolton, on the other hand, sit 23rd, with only goal difference keeping them off the bottom of the table.

Manager Dougie Freedman has done a lot of experimenting this season. He has just been searching for the right combination. Saturdays showing against Yeovil Town was far from inspiring, but truth be told, it was probably one of Bolton's better performances this season. I would be surprised if there were many changes to the team. Of course Marc Tierney will be out for the next few weeks. We all know there is no natural replacement, but we do have some options. Other than that, we could see the same starting XI.

If Bolton were to win Tuesday night (An away win, I know, but bear with me) they could go as high as 19th, depending on other results. My point is, despite all the doom and gloom, Bolton are not far away from mid-table. So for me, Tuesday night is an opportunity to cheer a little louder, support Dougie, support the club, support the players, and get a win on the board. Three points. Come On!