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Cheltenham Preview: Bolton Should Be Confident Despite Being Down To The Bare Bones

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It’s another home game for Bolton in a short period of time…

After Tuesday’s victory over Doncaster it’s onto a weekend encounter with Cheltenham. Again we’re going to have to go with what we’ve got after a couple of more absentees were added to the list, but we might have a body back in defence to soften the blow. Our opponents meanwhile, will probably be much stiffer opposition than the last couple of teams who have rolled up to the UniBol.

IAN EVATT | Manager ahead of Cheltenham Town home fixture – YouTube

Team news

We lost Lloyd Isgrove and Dapo Afolayan after Tuesday’s night – Isgrove is likely to be out for 10 to 12 weeks, while Afolayan picked up a yellow card which means he is suspended for tomorrow’s match. Alex Baptiste, however, could return to the squad after a spell out injured.

Possible XI – Dixon; Gordon, Almeida Santos, Aimson, John; Lee, Thomason; Amaechi, Kachunga, Delfouneso; Doyle

Last time out…

We last hosted Cheltenham back in January. Alfie May scored early in the second half, but Eoin Doyle’s 86th minute equaliser. To illustrate what a run we were about to embark on, we were 17th in League Two that evening.

The opposition

Like us, Cheltenham were promoted from League Two last season. Michael Duff’s men have one more point than us coming into this match, and are four games unbeaten. They have a creative midfielder in Dan Crowley who only signed last month as a short-term fix after Callum Wright was injured. Left-back Chris Hussey is a good defender who scored the promotion-clinching goal against Carlisle last season, while Alfie May, scorer of the last against us last season, has six in all this campaign.

Prediction

A tough game given current circumstances, but there might be a little more confidence after Tuesday night. Bolton to win 2-0.

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