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Is Anybody Really Moaning? Bolton v Shrewsbury Preview

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Bolton got back to winning ways in midweek against Charlton and now they’ll be aiming to pick up a win at home to Shrewsbury at the weekend.

We moved up to seventh after that win at the Valley and could go as high as fifth should we pick up all three points tomorrow. We could do with a home win really, just one of our four league games at the University of Bolton Stadium has ended in a victory. There have also been a few comments from Antoni Sarcevic about negativity – not sure I’m seeing that, there’s always something you could point out for improvement and when these days you have in-depth coverage and comment on the club on sites such as this, podcasts, comment sections and social media, there will be the odd negative comment, and is it really a problem if it’s intelligent and constructive, but frankly, the overall mood of the fanbase is as upbeat as it has been in a long, long time – and you’d be hard-pressed to find any Bolton fan who is genuinely unhappy about the overall state of the club at the moment.

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Team news

Amadou Bakoyoko could play a part this weekend after setting back into training well. Xavier Amaechi is a couple of weeks away from a return still, but it’s just a case of whether Ian Evatt reverses some of the changes he made for Charlton. Lloyd Isgrove should be back in the squad at least after his cut at Sunderland.

Possible XI: Dixon; Jones, Almeida Santos, Johnston, John; Williams, Lee; Kachunga, Sarcevic, Afolayan; Doyle

Last time out

Bolton’s last home game against Shrewsbury was a couple of seasons ago. In December 2019, we drew 1-1, Thibaud Verlinden scored a superb opener, but Daniel Udoh’s second-half equaliser was followed up by a Jason Lowe red card as we missed the chance to move off the bottom of League One.

The opposition

Shrewsbury occupy a relegation spot after just two wins from 10 matches this season. Steve Cotterill’s well-publicised battle against COVID has meant ex-Wanderer Aaron Wilbraham has had a bit of de facto managerial experience, but Cotterill is now well back in charge. Striker Sam Cosgrove has two goals since joining on loan from Birmingham but proved he can find the back of the net during his Aberdeen days. Right-back Elliott Bennett has Premier League experience with Norwich, while goalkeeper Marko Marosi was Coventry’s number one when they were promoted from this division a couple of seasons ago. Our former midfielder Josh Vela could well play tomorrow too.

Prediction

Could do with a home win and I think we’ll get it. 2-1.

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