Match Preview: Man City U21s (H)

Wanderers travel to Paul Harsley’s Manchester City U21s on Tuesday evening for another Trophy clash, this time at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Manchester City U21s currently sit 1st in the Trophy Group Six at the time of writing and they have won both of their games in the competition so far.

Their last fixture in the competition against Bradford City ended in a 2-1 victory.

Team News

The injury list is still packed out for Keith Hill’s men heading into this clash against Manchester City U21s.

Defenders Jake Wright, Harry Brockbank, Liam Edwards, and Jack Hobbs all continue to make their return to the fold from their specific injuries.

Furthermore, midfielders Thibaud Verlinden remains a major doubt heading into this Trophy tie with the Citizens, with Will Buckley ruled out.


Tickets will once again be priced at just £5 per person as well as free car parking on the University of Bolton Stadium official car parks.

The West Stand Lower Tier (Blocks A or D) & North Stand Lower Tier (Blocks M or P) will be open with supporters able to pay directly at the turnstiles. Tickets will be sold on a cash-only basis.

Turnstiles will open at approximately 6.15 pm.

We encourage supporters to arrive at the car park as early as possible to avoid traffic congestion & enter the stadium well ahead of kick-off to avoid potentially standing in long queues at the turnstiles.

Please note: the official matchday bus service won’t be in operation for this fixture.

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 Bolton FM team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Manchester City U21s are the favourites heading into this one. The home side are fancied to take this one by Sky Bet and are priced at 11/10 at the time of writing.

Wanderers are priced at 2/1 to register a second victory of the 2019/20 campaign and you can get the draw at 12/5.

Man in the Middle:

This evening’s game will be officiated by Peter Wright.

He has officiated 12 matches this season with his latest a 1-1 draw between Port Vale and Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two.

This season, he has dished out 41 yellow cards and a single red card.

He has never refereed Wanderers before in his four seasons as a top-flight official.

Richard Wigglesworth and Kevin Mulraine will act as his assistants, with Billy Smallwood the fourth official for tomorrow evening’s fixture.

Key Man for City – Adrian Bernabe:

When looking at the Manchester City U21s side, 18-year-old Adrian Bernabe is the main man leading the line for Paul Harsley’s side.

The former Barcelona youth product joined City in 2018, who has also represented Spain at U17 level.

He made his first-team debut last year against Oxford United in the EFL Cup, where the Sky Blues ran out 3-0 winners.

This season, Bernabe represented the City U21s against Rochdale in the Trophy, where he got himself on the scoresheet in a 2-0 victory.

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