PREVIEW: Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic

Wanderers host Wigan Athletic in an eagerly-awaited derby with Ian Evatt’s men bidding to make back-to-back home league wins.

The Whites also won in the Papa John’s EFL Trophy in their last outing at the University of Bolton Stadium prior to a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in League One last weekend.

Third-placed Wigan have been without a league game since a 2-0 win at Gillingham a fortnight ago due to the international break.

Pre-match manager quotes:

Ian Evatt: “I played in some good derbies, some good games, always emotional encounters and always high intensity and high tempo.

“Obviously, there are high demands from the supporters and we have to stay cool, calm and composed and look after our own performance and hopefully that’s good enough to get us the three points.”

Leam Richardson: “Bolton are a good team who have played in a similar way all year.

“They try and play in a certain way as most teams do in this division and you’ve got to credit them all.

“Whether you are playing Bolton, Burton Albion, Wycombe Wanderers or Rotherham United, they are all trying to do certain things and you’ve got to respect that. 

“We’ll certainly do that but we will also try and impose ourselves as well.”


Team news

Wanderers will be without right-back Gethin Jones, whose ever-present record is ended by suspension.

Jones has also picked up a knock and boss Ian Evatt faces a couple of other injury concerns going into the game.

Winger Xavier Amaechi and defender Liam Edwards have stepped up their comebacks but are not yet ready to return.


Wanderers still have tickets available to be purchased ahead of kick-off. There will be no cash turnstiles in operation on the day. For details go HERE         

Remaining tickets will only be sold to Wanderers supporters who have a previous home match ticket booking history with the club.

Greater Manchester Police have issued a message to supporters HERE

Last time out

The two clubs met in the Carabao Cup in August.

The second-round tie at the DW Stadium ended in a 0-0 draw before the Latics progressed 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.

Wigan Athletic 0-0 Bolton Wanderers | Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Line-up: Gilks, Brockbank (Jones 72), Baptiste, Johnston, Gordon, Lee, Thomason (Sarcevic 68), Sheehan, Afolayan, Delfouneso, Kachunga (Doyle 65).

Unused substitutes: Dixon, Almeida Santos, John, Tutte.

Match officials:

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Assistants: Daniel Woodward and Steven Rushton

Fourth official: Ross Joyce

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