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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Eastleigh

Wanderers take on non-leaguers Eastleigh in their FA Cup third round replay tonight

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Bolton Wanderers host Conference National side Eastleigh in an FA Cup third round replay at the Macron Stadium tonight, following a 1-1 draw on a mud bath in Hampshire 10 days ago.

Wanderers fans will be expecting manager Neil Lennon to mix things up a bit, with many clamouring for a few more youngsters - in addition to the three home-grown talents already regulars in our first-team squad, the most I've known in my lilfetime - to be given a chance to shine.

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Bolton Wanderers

Wanderers will be without the injured David Wheater and Zach Clough, while Ben Amos serves a one-match suspension for his red card at the weekend. This will see Paul Rachubka make his full debut for the club and Lennon will have a bit of a headache over who to select in defence, although Prince has been deemed fit enough to be included in the match day squad.

Recent transfer rumour victim Mark Davies should start, and you'd hope Lennon would use this game as an opportunity to give the likes of Liam Feeney a rest. Many fans are hoping this means the likes of Kaiyne Woolery and Tom Walker will get a run out as some of the more senior pros take a break ahead of a huge game against MK Dons on Saturday. If Stephen Dobbie and Shola Ameobi are anywhere near the team, I might have to cry.

Tonight's match day squad (remove Wheater, Twitter was broken and wouldn't let me access the updated version) is below.


The non-leaguers have been in good knick in the Conference National and will go into this clash full of confidence, despite being dumped out of the FA Trophy by Gateshead on Saturday. The Hampshire side has lost just once in their last ten league games and sit in the play-off places with two or three games in hand on the teams around them.

The visitors will be without Yemi Odubade, who picked up a hamstring injury in the first game against Bolton, but other than that have no fresh fitness concerns.


Bolton Wanderers: D L L D D L W L L L

Eastleigh: D W W W L W W W D D


Top Scorers

Bolton Wanderers: Madine (5), Feeney (4), Clough (3)

Eastleigh: James Constable (14), Yemi Odubade (7), Ross Lafayette, Andy Drury & Ben Strevens (6)

One To Watch

Former Oxford United striker James Constable has scored nearly three times more goals than Bolton's top goalscorer and isn't far off Bolton's total tally of 21 league goals this season. He'll fancy his chances against what is likely to be a patched up Bolton defence, that will probably contain Dorian Dervite.

Score Prediction

Bolton 3-1 Eastleigh. Surely we can't lose at home to a non-league team... Of course we can, but I really don't think we will.