PREVIEW: Wanderers v Ipswich Town

Wanderers are back at home for the only time in March to take on Ipswich in a mouth-watering top-six meeting.

Ian Evatt’s men have played just one of their last five fixtures at the University of Bolton Stadium but have booked their place in the Papa Johns Trophy final and stayed in the thick of the play-off action during that run.

Ipswich travel north sitting third in the table – five points off the automatic promotion places.

Manager quotes:

Ian Evatt:

“I think there’s a lot of respect between ourselves and Ipswich – mutually. I know Kieran respects our team and the way they play and I certainly respect his and the way they play.

“I think both teams are very confident in what they do. We won’t change, they won’t change so, stylistically, I think it’s a really good match-up.

“I think it will be a good spectacle and I think for League One football it will be a really good advert and I just hope we’re on the right side of that.

“We want to get bums off seats, get our fans cheering and singing for us and create that real intimidating atmosphere for the opposition and hopefully reward the fans with three points at the end of it. That’s what we’re going to try and do.”

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Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna:

“It's a game to look forward to. It's a game we want to attack against a team that plays positive football and have some similarities to ourselves. It should be a really good game of football.

“We know what we need to do and we're ready for the challenge.

“It's a long trip for us in a three-game week but it's a lovely stadium and a big pitch against a team that plays open football like us.

“We're expecting a physical and demanding match but we'll have a good support behind us and that can really help. We hope to get a good result.”

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Team news:

Wanderers are set to welcome back strikers Vic Adeboyejo and Cameron Jerome.

Adeboyejo has been unable to feature in the Whites’ last two games following a minor hamstring problem, while Jerome could figure for the first time in five matches after overcoming a back issue.

MJ Williams and George Johnston are nearing comebacks with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Jack Iredale the only long-term absentees.

Ipswich are still without midfielder Lee Evans and forward Tyreece John-Jules.

However, defender Dom Ball is expected to be part of the Town squad after overcoming a bout of illness.

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Form guide:

Fifth-placed Wanderers will be aiming for a seventh successive home win as they look for a first victory in three games to get within three points of Ipswich.

The Whites are unbeaten at the University of Bolton Stadium since their FA Cup exit to Barnsley in early November.

Ipswich are sitting third in the table after four straight wins.

That sequence – including three home wins – followed a run of two wins in 11 games in all competitions.

Town won at MK Dons on their last trip but have won just once in eight away games.

The sides drew 1-1 at Portman Road on the opening day of the season, with Aaron Morley scoring Wanderers’ goal from the penalty spot.


Referee: Neil Hair

Assistant referees: Mark Cunliffe, Joe Simpson

Fourth official: Andrew Kitchen


Saturday 3pm


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