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Bolton Aim To Build On Feel Good Factor Ahead Of Oxford Match


After their first win of the season in midweek, Bolton will look to follow that up their first home win of the season tomorrow, as we take on Oxford United.

Still unbeaten, and with that first league win in the bag now, and also on the whole with players slowly building up fitness, there’s just a little feeling that things are building nicely.

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Team news

Amadou Bakayoko is out after coming off at Lincoln on Tuesday night, but Declan John will be available for selection after a stop-start opening for games for himself. The usual longer-term suspects are still unavailable.

Possible XI: Dixon; Jones, Almeida Santos, Johnston, John; Williams, Sheehan; Isgrove, Sarcevic, Afolayan; Doyle


Bolton last played Oxford in September 2019 in what was Keith Hill’s first home league game in charge. We had chances to win but without a recognised striker in the line-up, the match would ultimately end in a goalless draw.

The opposition

Under Karl Robinson Oxford have been there or thereabouts in this division, reaching the play-offs in each of the last two seasons. An opening day draw at Cambridge was followed up by a win at Burton on penalties in the League Cup, before home league wins over Charlton and Crewe. Striker Matty Taylor scored 18 goals in the league last season, Spanish midfielder Alex Gorrin is a firm fixture in midfield, while an interesting summer signing was Billy Bodin, who will be looking to get back on track after injury problems at Preston. He’ll be a test for whoever we play at left-back, his trickery winning a pen for Oxford in midweek.


There’s going to be a lot of matches that are close to call in midweek. Two teams who will both think they can have most of the ball, I’ll go for a 1-1 draw.

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