PREVIEW: Wanderers v Burton Albion

Wanderers are back at the University of Bolton Stadium for the first leg of a home double-header in League One.

The Whites’ focus will be on the first of those challenges as they face a rejuvenated Burton Albion on Tuesday night.

The Brewers remain in the relegation places but have climbed off the foot of the table in recent weeks.

Wanderers have progressed at the other end of the table, with last Saturday’s fightback and 3-2 win at Accrington Stanley lifting them back up to sixth place ahead of the games against Burton and then Oxford United on Saturday.

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Manager quotes:

Ian Evatt: “Saturday is parked already. It only counts for three points. Obviously, I’m pleased we won the game but now it’s about Burton.

“It’s a different challenge, a difficult challenge. We know exactly what’s coming and what to expect and it’s about us focusing on what we need to do to win the game.

“Football is a crazy game. If you look at all the fixtures on a Saturday afternoon there are always surprises.

“There are always strange results and you have to respect all the opposition and they (Burton) are in good form.

“They’re going to try and come here and win the game and we have to make sure we impose ourselves on them and if we do that have the belief we can win the game.

Burton manager Dino Maamria: “We wouldn't go and try and impose our game on them (Bolton).

“Obviously, you know, home or away, the best way to defend is to keep the ball and that's something we'll be working on.

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“They are a good team and they've been together now for two, three years. They're good at home. We know that we have to manage the environment and have control of our own game.

“We've got to go there and play with that self-belief and confidence that we showed in the last few weeks. We’ve got to control possession as well, so that's not going to change.”

Team news

Wanderers will have wing-back Conor Bradley available again after sitting out Saturday’s win at Accrington through a one-match ban.

Lloyd Isgrove replaced the on-loan Liverpool man but will miss out himself against the Brewers after feeling the affects of two starts in eight days after his lengthy injury absence.

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Defender Eoin Toal is fit again and could get some minutes in the B team on Wednesday to step up his match fitness.

Burton have no fresh injury concerns following their weekend win over Cheltenham.

The Brewers will check whether experienced midfield man Mustapha Carayol is able to return but are without defenders Michael Mancienne and Corrie Ndaba and midfielder Ciaran Gilligan.

Form guide

Wanderers ended their three-match winless league run with their comeback victory at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

The 3-2 win gave Ian Evatt’s men a second away success of the season and made it three games without defeat in all competitions.

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Wanderers have lost just once at home in the league this season – taking 16 from a possible 21 points at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Burton have enjoyed an improved run under recently appointed boss Dino Maamria to move off the bottom of League One.

The 19th-placed Brewers have won three, lost three and drawn two of their eight league games since Maamria stepped up to replace Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink last month.

A 1-0 home win over Cheltenham on Saturday extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to four games.

Burton have won once away from home in the league so far.

Officials

Referee: Sam Allison

Assistant referees: Lewis Raper and Robert Merchant

Fourth official: Lewis Smith

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Kick-off

Tuesday 7.45pm

Coverage

A live stream to watch with a £10 video match pass is available to buy via iFollow HERE

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