Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Rochdale

Wanderers travel to the Crown Oil Arena to take on Rochdale in the Trophy this evening, kick off 7.45pm.

Rochdale have taken ten points from ten league games so far this season and are without a victory in their last four Sky Bet League One games.

Their last game against Wycombe Wanderers on a rain soaked Saturday afternoon ended in a 3-0 defeat to the high flying Chairboys.

Team News

Changes are expected to be made for tonight’s clash against the Dale from gaffer Keith Hill.

When speaking to about Daryl Murphy on Saturday following the Portsmouth league game, Hill said: ‘I don’t want to lose Daryl (to injury) and to leave him out there for 90 minutes could have backfired, but there has been no reaction.’

‘I want to build him up and make him robust again.’

‘He will not be involved against Rochdale on Tuesday night, that’s for sure.’

Head to Head

Wanderers and Rochdale have faced each other on 17 occasions since the first encounter back in 1969, with us coming out on top in nine of those meetings.

The two teams have drawn on five occasions and Rochdale have three victories to their name in clashes between the two sides.

The last time the two teams met at Crown Oil Arena was not so long ago in the Carabao Cup, in August 2019.

The Dale came out on top against a very young Wanderers side 5-2, with Ronan Darcy and Dennis Politic on the scoresheet.

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Rochdale are the favourites heading into this one. The home side are fancied to take this one by Sky Bet and are priced at 7/10.

Wanderers are priced at 3/1 to register a first victory of the 2019/20 campaign and you can get the draw at 11/4.

Man in the Middle:

Leigh Doughty will be the referee for this evening’s Trophy clash with Rochdale.

The Lancashire based referee has officiated seven matches this season with his latest a 3-1 home victory for Oldham Athletic against Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two last weekend.

This season, he has dished out 13 yellow cards and one red card.

As it is only his second season in the professional refereeing ranks, Doughty has never taken charge of a Wanderers fixture before.

Barry Gordon and Mark Cunliffe will act as his assistants, with Gary Hilton the fourth official for this evening’s fixture.

Key Men for the Dale:

Rochdale made the headline through 16-year-old Luke Matheson recently, as the schoolboy scored against Manchester United in the EFL Cup Third Round, where they went out to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on penalties.

A man who has been at the Crown Oil Arena since 2013 is frontman Ian Henderson.

The striker has made over 300 appearances for the Dale in his six-year stint in Greater Manchester and with four goals in 12 competitive games so far this season, he is for sure one to look out for in front of goal.


For away supporters, there is pay on the day and is a cash-only from the away turnstiles.

Admission prices for the fixture are as follows:

Adults - £10;
Concesesions (Over 65 / 21 and under) - £5;
Juniors (11 and under) - £1.

Furthermore, a double decker bus service will be available at £6 return per person, leaving from Car Park A at 5:45pm.

To purchase bus travel, Wanderers fans can visit Bolton Central in person, over the phone 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1) "Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s ‘Access Charge’".

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