Bolton have got themselves into a bit of a tailspin in recent weeks – after the home defeat to Burton came losses on the road to Rochdale and Lincoln. Maybe not so in the stands, certainly on Tuesday night at least, but for the first time Keith Hill is being discussed by some, and not in necessarily glowing terms.
We’re back at home this weekend, hosting one of the bigger clubs in the division as Portsmouth visit us for the first time since 2010 – promotion is expected down there but they find themselves eighth, admittedly though the whole top half of the league table is very tight.
— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) January 17, 2020
Things are looking a little bit better, Jason Lowe is back after his suspension, while today’s signing Brandon Fleming is available to play – and must go straight in at left back.
Facts and stats
The reverse fixture was played in September when we lost 1-0 down at Fratton Park – Brett Pitman scoring in the second half.
Our last home game against this lot was in 2010 – Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies put us 2-0 up but a second half double from Aruna Dindane meant we couldn’t secure Premier League safety there and then, although of course we did stay up.
Bolton have just two points from their last five games since beating Southend just before Christmas, Portsmouth have three wins and a draw in their last five league games.
I fancy us to nick a win. There is no logic in that, but we’re back at home and Pompey did seem there for the taking in the reverse fixture, even if we didn’t take advantage of it that day. 1-0.