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Could Tomorrow Be A Real Positive For Bolton?


Could tomorrow be the day we get into positive points?

Bolton host Milton Keynes at the University of Bolton Stadium, and a win would get rid of that pesky dash to the left of our points total. With Southend not in action, as their scheduled match at Burton has been postponed due to international call ups, we would only be four points behind the team who would normally be bottom. Obviously this all subject to the probable further points deduction, which Marc Iles has said could be Wednesday before we get a decision now. Which Wednesday that is, who knows?

We will however, have to be far better than we were last week in the FA Cup loss to Plymouth. We play the rest of the league’s current bottom five in four of the next five games, so there is also the slightly different challenge for Keith Hill’s men to be picking up a decent points haul between now and Christmas.

MK Dons are currently in the bottom three and have made a managerial change since their last league game, when a defeat to Tranmere called time on Paul Tisdale’s time in charge. They’ve gone from within to replace, with ex-Norwich defender Russell Martin now in charge.

Team news

Thibaud Verlinden will be available again after Stoke refused to let him play in the FA Cup, while Josh Earl could be contention for a start after his injury recovery continued. Keith Hill has alluded to some further injuries though, with no other players set to return.

Stats and facts

Bolton have played MK Dons on four occasions – we lost the first clash at Stadium MK in 2015, before beating them a few months later. In the 2016-17 season we drew both matches against them as we won promotion from League One.

Bolton will be hoping to make it three league wins on the bounce for the first time since March 2017.

Bolton have won one, drawn three and lost one of their last five home league games, while MK have lost every league game away from home this season, except for a 3-0 win at Blackpool in September.


They’ve got a new manager and we may have more injuries. But we have been getting better and they’re more travel sick than a young kid who has had too many sweets. Does that cause travel sickness? Let’s go for a draw. 1-1

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