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Match Preview: Eastleigh FC vs Bolton Wanderers

Bolton's FA cup adventure begins at National League side Eastleigh.

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Eastleigh vs Bolton Wanderers

Silverlake Stadium

Saturday 9th January

KO: 15:00

Bolton's FA Cup adventure begins this Saturday against high flying National League side Eastleigh, the only non-league side left in the competition. Bolton will be hoping to avoid the embarrassment of exiting in the 3rd round, where as Eastleigh will be relishing the chance to reach the 4th round for the first time in their history. The match is also set to have Eastleigh's highest ever attendance, with close to 5,000 people filling The Silverlake Stadium.

Team News

Bolton Wanderers

Neil Lennon will look to put out his best XI. Liam Trotter has returned from his loan with Nottingham Forest, while Shola Ameobi could also come into contention after returning from injury. Emile Heskey (calf strain) will miss out.

Eastleigh

New signing Kaid Mohamed will be eligible to play, after his move from Bath City.

Form

Bolton Wanderers

LDDLWL

Eastleigh

WWWWDD

Stats

Bolton Wanderers

Top Goalscorer: Gary Madine, Liam Feeney (4)

Most Bookings: Dorian Dervite, Jay Spearing and Prince (1 Red)

Eastleigh

Top Goalscorer: James Constable (12)

Most Bookings: Flitney, Strevens, Green (1 Red)

One to Watch

James Constable - Eastleigh's top scorer will likely cause problems for Bolton up front.

What's Been Said

Neil Lennon: 'It's a big day for Eastleigh though - they'll be motivated to go out there and do their job and we need to do the same.'

'If we turn up with the right attitude and combat the conditions, then we'll be fine. We're not playing too badly at all.'

Chris Todd (Eastleigh Manager): 'A win against Bolton would be "breathtaking".'

"It would be everything for what we're trying to achieve as a football club,"

"It would be more history and a momentous occasion for everyone involved, who works day-in, day-out to make this club successful."

Match Odds

Eastleigh 11/5

Draw 23/10

Bolton 5/4

Best Special: Gary Madine and Shola Ameobi to score - 17/2

Match Prediction

Eastleigh 1-1 Bolton Wanderers