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Preview: Blackpool vs Bolton Wanderers

The cup run begins

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New Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has a certain infinity with the Capital One Cup, EFL Cup or whatever the shitting hell it's called these days, having taken Bradford City to Wembley for the final and also going on a run which saw his team knock out Champions Chelsea in a stunning game. Some of Parkinson's best moments at the Bantams was in this competition and we all know how galvanising a good cup run can be, so I imagine Parkinson will be taking this tournament seriously and will want to go as far as possible in it.

That being said, when Bolton Wanderers travel to Bloomfield Road tonight to take on League Two side Blackpool, don't be surprised if we see wholesale changes to the line up that defeated Sheffield United by a single goal on the opening weekend.

Team News:


Much like the Whites, Blackpool also suffered multiple injuries on the opening day and will be forced to make some changes in the fixture. Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has issued a challenge to his fringe squad members to impress tonight should they be given a chance against Wanderers. One of the players expected to make his debut for the club is Leicester City loanee Michael Cain, lets just hope Blackpool don't escape to victory.

Bolton Wanderers

With Darren Pratley being ruled out for eight to ten weeks due to a broken fibula and Jay Spearing limping off the pitch on Saturday, it's safe to presume sweeping changes will be made in the middle of the park for Bolton, along with the rest of the team. Ben Amos, Derik Osede, Alex Finney, Tom Walker, Liam Trotter and Kaiyne Woolery are all expected to be brought in to the side but I wouldn't be surprised if the changes stop there, with lots of players being in need of game time to regain their fitness and match sharpness. Zach Clough, however, will not be risked in the fixture despite returning to full training, he'll be saved for Saturday's away trip to AFC Wimbledon. Dorian Dervite and Max Clayton appear to remain sidelined.

I would like to see a team that looks a little like this:

Amos; Wilson, Derik, Finney, Moxey; Vela, Trotter; Woolery, Davies, Walker; Proctor.


Both sides got their seasons underway with winning stars, as the Seasiders cruised past Exeter with a 2-0 victory at Bloomfield Road. Courtesy of goals from Kyle Vassell and an own goal from Troy Brown.

Blackpool: W

Bolton: W

Top Scorer:

Blackpool: Kyle Vassell - 1

Bolton: Jay Spearing - 1

One to Watch - Kyle Vassell

23-year old striker Kyle Vassell was one of many summer signings for Blackpool, arriving at the Oranges after being released by Peterborough United. He appears to be a strong, pacey striker with a keen eye for goal, netting only 19 minutes into his Blackpool debut. He was a renowned goal scorer in the Conference South for Bishop Strotford before being snapped up be Peterborough in November 2013, where he scored on six occasions. However, he did take a knock on the opening day and he is a doubt to play tonight.

What's Been Said:

Gary Bowyer, Blackpool:

"It's another opportunity to try and win a game of football. We've got to take into consideration the injuries that we picked up on Saturday and see who has fully recovered to try and put a team together to go forward and try and get through to the next round.

"Phil Parkinson has got a history of cup runs with Bradford City and he did remarkably well there. He finds himself going into a situation where it is a bit different for him, with the club and the number of players he's got. He's got a massive squad and the ability to rotate so whoever they play again is going to provide us with a big challenge."

Phil Parkinson, Bolton

:"I've got to be honest and say the league is the most important, which it is. But I'll play players who need minutes, put a bit of freshness in the team, but I don't expect the effort levels to drop.

"I want the Bolton fans to drive away from the game having seen a performance with just as much commitment as they saw Saturday. If that's enough to win the game, time will tell, but we need that 11 to try and maintain that momentum.

"You get a good draw in the next round it helps in terms of finances. Is that the be-all and end-all for us? No. But I still think this is a big game for us and we've got to put in a performance."

Match Odds:

Blackpool: 2/1  Draw: 12/5  Bolton: 5/4


I'm expecting an easy victory for the Whites tonight, which is really, really weird to say, but we've never had the best of luck at Bloomfield Road so who knows?

I'll say: 3-0.