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Bolton Look To Break Burton Curse


Bolton have had to wait this weekend to get put on the pitch, but they will get to do so tomorrow night as we take on Burton Albion in front of the Sky cameras.

We lost our last league game at Cambridge, but getting a win on the board at home to Port Vale last Tuesday will have made amends for that, while we’ve had a few days rest since then. It has been a good week of the pitch – with the administration hangover being dealt with. We won’t be fully sure how it has been sorted until we see the accounts but the fact the EFL are happy and we’ve avoided any sort of sanction is a huge positive, especially when the pandemic will have scuppered any initial plans.

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Team news

Illness means Declan John will miss out tomorrow night, while Josh Sheehan is away on international duty, which seems to involve going all the way to Kazan, Russia, and sitting on a bench. Kieran Lee is however available.

Possible XI: Gilks; Jones, Almeida Santos, Johnston, Gordon; Williams, Lee; Isgrove, Sarcevic, Afolayan; Doyle

Last time…

Our last home game against Burton was on New Year’s Day 2020. Goals from Joe Dodoo and Daryl Murphy had us 2-0 up before it all fell apart. 4-2 down, Dennis Politic gave us some hope but it was at that point any real chance of League One survival went. In fact we have never beaten Burton, an away draw just before lockdown the only result we have got against them in five attempts.

The opposition

Burton are eighth, two points ahead of us going into tomorrow’s match. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink came back for a second spell as boss last season and kept them up, and like us, their only league defeat came at Cambridge. Players of interest are Lewis Moult, a striker who joined from Preston in the summer, former England Under-21 fixture Michael Mancienne and Lucas Akins, who scored twice in that game at ours two seasons ago.


We did well on the telly last season didn’t we? Home advantage too, so while Burton have started well I fancy us to get our first ever win against the Brewers. 2-1

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