Wanderers return to the University of Bolton Stadium buoyed by their midweek victory at Cheltenham Town where Ryan Delaney’s late winner gave Ian Evatt’s men a deserved three points (Kick Off 3pm).
Ian Evatt: “Football throws these things at you all the time. I’m aware there’s history there with the fans and of course Keith is from Bolton and was here last season. All the ingredients for a Derby.
“Liam Gordon has gone out to Dagenham and it’s good for him to get some experience. He’s a young player and it’s important for him to gain more experience to be more ready for men’s football.
“I’ve always said if you’re not getting in matchday squads then it’s important you get game time elsewhere. You need to make sure you’re playing.
“We have targets definitely and we’ll be monitoring the situation closely. I think there will be quite a bit going on in January with ins and outs.
“We need to get fans back in the stadiums as soon as possible, the clubs without supporters are really missing them and we’re the same.
“I don’t think having 2,000 fans in this stadium would be a big problem.”
Keith Hill: "I think the challenge is about us and the challenges are there for us to put right, so we’ll play the way that we know that we can in and out of possession.
“We have to make sure that we are comfortable with what we do in and out of possession. As much as we know about Bolton, their team line-up could change especially with the current situation with Covid and the current situation in the football world with injuries.
“We have been focusing on ourselves and what we need to do, and that’s what we intend to do on Saturday against Bolton.”
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Arthur Gnahoua and Peter Kioso continue to receive treatment after picking up shoulder injuries last weekend. Andrew Tutte, who has been nursing a thigh injury, is likely to be involved for Wanderers trip to Carlisle United on Boxing Day,
Bolton Wanderers win: 5/4
Tranmere Rovers win: 19/10
Correct as of 18/12/2020 (5pm) on skybet.com
Wanderers will be looking to build on Tuesday’s night’s victory and impressive performance against Cheltenham Town when they welcome back former manager Keith Hill to the University of Bolton Stadium.
Tranmere lost 5-0 to Exeter City in their previous outing last weekend, while their scheduled match against Stevenage in midweek was postponed.
Last time out:
Last season Wanderers beat the Prenton Park outfit 2-0 at the University of Bolton Stadium in February of this year.
Goals from Dennis Politic and Chris O’Grady saw the Whites cruise to a comfortable victory.
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistant Referees: Scott Williams and Chris Isherwood
Fourth Official: Samuel Barrott