Wanderers host neighbours Salford City at the University of Bolton Stadium on Friday evening in front of the Sky Sports cameras (Kick Off 7:45pm).
Ian Evatt: “We’re very excited. It’s good to be live on Sky in front of the nation against a good team with a manager I know very well.
“If we can get up to the levels that I know we can get to then I’m confident we can get a result.
“We’ll continue to fight, continue to work hard and we’ll get it right there’s no doubt about it.
“At times we’ve been outstanding in games and if we see that on a consistent basis then we’ll be in a much better place in the league.
“It’ll be a very good football match and a great advert for the division first and foremost. I know Richie (Wellens) really well, he has a philosophy and a brand and it’ll be a good test.
“They’ve got some very good players but so have we. If we can play consistently well for 90 minutes then we’ll be a match for every team in the division.”
Richie Wellens: “I’m looking forward to it, I can’t wait.
“It’s a brilliant place to start, the best stadium in the division, so it’s a great one to start.
“Friday night under the lights and in front of the Sky cameras, I’m looking forward to seeing how the players react and how we go out and perform.
“Rochdale away in a cup game when there’s not really much pressure on you is totally different to Bolton in the league so we’ll start seeing the players under pressure now, see how they react and I’m looking forward to it.”
How to watch:
The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and kick off at 7:45pm.
However, BWFC season ticket holders will have automatic access to watch it via their iFollow BWFC accounts.
The fixture looks to have come too early for Eoin Doyle and Gethin Jones who have both returned to training after a spell on the sidelines, while captain Antoni Sarcevic is rated at 50/50 after playing through the pain barrier with a back injury in recent games.
Jason Lowe is in line to start for Salford in what will be his first appearance at the University of Bolton, since leaving Wanderers last summer.
Mani Dieseruvwe has scored twice in his last two appearances (FA Cup vs Hartlepool and Papa Johns Trophy vs Rochdale) and could be in line to make his first league start of the campaign.
Bolton win: 5/2
Salford win: 1/1
Correct as of 13/11/2020 (9:00m) on skybet.com
Wanderers have picked up four points from their last two home league games having beaten Bradford City and drawing to Mansfield Town.
Salford lost their last league fixture away at Cambridge United which came after a 2-0 home win against Oldham Athletic.
Last time out:
This will be the first professional fixture between both teams.
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistant Referees: Alan Clayton and Stephen Wade
Fourth Official: Ollie Yates