Bolton Match Zone

Could A More Open Game Against Plymouth Suit Bolton?


Bolton take on Plymouth Argyle tomorrow hoping to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Tuesday night was a set-back, but if we could beat a team that is also looking for top six spot tomorrow, it may give us some hope, and in a best case scenario we could be four points of the play-offs should we win.

IAN EVATT | Manager ahead of Plymouth Argyle home fixture – YouTube

Team news

Dapo Afolayan had played against Morecambe with a groin injury, but apparently he’s in better shape for tomorrow so should be available. Kyle Dempsey still isn’t ready, while Gethin Jones remains on compassionate leave. Elias Kachunga, however, is available once again.

Possible XI: Trafford; Aimson, Almeida Santos, Johnston; Fossey, Williams, Morley, John; Sadlier; Charles, Bodvarsson

Last meeting

Our last home game against Argyle was in 2019, when we hosted them in the first round of the FA Cup. They were in League Two that season, but they managed to beat us, with Callum McFadzean’s early goal proving the difference. Will Aimson was an unused sub for the away side that afternoon.

The opposition

Argyle lost manager Ryan Lowe to Preston shortly after we played them in October. They have dropped off from their October position, where they had put together a long unbeaten run and were looking for the top of the table, but they’re still doing well under Steven Schumacher, currently occupying that all-important sixth place. Ryan Hardie and youth product Luke Jephcott are the main goal threats – those two are both in double figures for the season.


In a way, this game might suit us a little more than Tuesday night. It’ll be a bit more open, but Plymouth are obviously are a far better footballing side than Morecambe, so it’s not to say they’ll roll over. Bolton to win 2-1.

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