🗞️ Preview: Barrow vs. Bolton Wanderers

Wanderers are back in Sky Bet League Two action with a first ever league fixture against Barrow at the Progression Solicitors Stadium this evening.

Ian Evatt will be hoping for a fruitful return to his former club as his team look to bounce back from the weekend’s defeat to Oldham Athletic.

The last away league fixture saw Wanderers earn an excellent 2-1 victory against Harrogate Town at the Keepmoat Stadium with Eoin Doyle and Nathan Delfouneso both on the scoresheet that day.


Pre-Match Quotes: 

Ian Evatt: ‘I think we’re playing Saturday-Tuesday more or less every week up until Christmas so we’ve got games coming thick and fast. We have to keep working hard, be better than what we have been so far, be more consistent and hopefully, eventually we’ll turn it into a good run of form with some good wins.

‘We go everywhere to try and win and Tuesday will be no different. We’ll be going there to attack and hopefully get the three points. It will be a tough game. It’s a fantastic football club and I have nothing but good words to say about that place. We’ve started slowly and we need the results, so we’re going there to try and win.’


How to watch:

Wanderers supporters can watch the clash with Barrow by purchasing an iFollow BWFC video match pass for just £10, meaning despite not being able to make the trip to Cumbria, you don’t have to miss a kick.

An iFollow BWFC video match pass will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with the entire match streamed through any compatible laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device in the United Kingdom.


Team News:

Ian Evatt spoke about the players currently on the sidelines and gave an update on their situation. Gethin Jones is out of his protective boot and will look to move into the next phase of his rehabilitation, whilst Lloyd Isgrove is back on the grass and may eye a return in the next couple of weeks.

Shaun Miller has had a setback on his path to a return however, so it is unlikely we’ll be seeing the Wanderers forward back in action in the next couple of weeks.

Barrow forward Courtney Baker-Richardson is yet to make his debut and won’t be doing so this evening after picking up a Hip injury in training. Lewis Hardcastle was substituted in last weekend’s defeat to Harrogate Town with an ankle injury and he is doubtful for the clash with Wanderers.

Yoan Zouma is likely to be involved against Ian Evatt’s side, with the French central defender a few weeks into his time at Barrow. Another former Wanderer who could be involved is Chris Taylor, management duo David Dunn and Rob Kelly won’t be in the dugout due to a period of Coronavirus induced self-isolation.


Bookies Odds:

Barrow win: 13/10

Draw: 5/2

Bolton win: 9/5

Correct as of 20/10/2020 (11am) on skybet.com



Wanderers go into tonight’s game on the back of a home defeat to Oldham Athletic on Saturday and will be looking for a positive response.

The last away fixture in the league saw Ian Evatt’s men defeat Harrogate Town, before they were narrowly beaten in the EFL Trophy at Shrewsbury Town a few days later.

Barrow are yet to register their first league win, although they are unbeaten on their own patch with draws against Stevenage, Colchester United, Leyton Orient and a victory against Leeds United’s Under-21s in the EFL Trophy.


Last time out:

The two sides have never gone head to head for a league fixture and have met just once before in the FA Cup in January 1991 with Wanderers registering a 1-0 victory at Burnden Park.


Match Officials:

Referee: Peter Wright

Assistant Referees: Anthony Moore and Barry Gordon

Fourth Official: Paul Marsden

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