After a battling defeat midweek against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, the young Wanderers head to Prenton Park to take on newly promoted Tranmere Rovers.
An older generation will remember the fierce rivalry that was intense during the 90s and into the early 00s. Play-off final & cup defeats and stopping Wanderers reaching 100 points. Aldridge vs Allardyce. It may have faded since the there’s been a gap in divisions, though I’m sure it’ll return this season.
Bolton’s last league game at Tranmere is probably remembered mostly for antics off the pitch rather than on it. Big Sam’s team arrived half an hour before kick off, won 1-0 thanks to a Mike Whitlow goal, before leaving straight after the final whistle to shower & change back in Bolton.
Wanderers have been to Tranmere twice in the past decade, both for League Cup ties. They won in 2009 1-0 & lost on penalties in 2013.
The young Wanderers could be without a couple of players for the game. Defender Liam Edwards picked up an ankle injury against Rochdale, whilst Dennis Politic is a doubt with a recurring hip issue.
Like all away games so far, Wanderers will be backed by a fantastic travelling crowd, with 2000 fans set to make the journey to Merseyside.
The hosts are favourites with the bookies to win at 2/7. Unsurprisingly, Wanderers are 9/1.
Fingers crossed for a positive result.