After two postponements and a further 24 hour delay (or just under if you’re really counting) Bolton might finally have an away game at Mansfield Town tomorrow.
Optimism will be higher than it was three weeks ago when the original game should have been played – since then Bolton have taken seven points from nine and if Marcus Maddison hadn’t been wrongly sent off it could well have been nine from nine.
In any case Wanderers need a win again if they’re to keep alive the notion of a late run to get them in the playoff picture. Mansfield are in a similar boat, after early season relegation troubles disappeared. A draw will do neither side’s ambitions any good…
The big news – MJ Williams’ red card from the weekend has been overturned, meaning he can face Mansfield. Antoni Sarcevic and Harry Brockbank are still a week away from being able to play.
This will be Bolton’s first trip to Mansfield since April 1993, when they drew 1-1. It was also the same scoreline when we played them at the UniBol in the autumn.
Mansfield are a point and a place below us in the league. Nigel Clough took over earlier in the season, and they’ve avoided what at one point looked like a relegation battle. When they can get fixtures on, they’ve been unbeaten in their last five.
It’s a difficult one to pick, we have a day’s advantage as Mansfield played on Sunday, but their home form is strong, although they havem’t had a game at Field Mill since early January. 2-1 to Mansfield