Nearly seven months after a 2-2 draw at Burton, Bolton Wanderers will finally get to play another competitive game tomorrow.
Bradford City are the opponents as Bolton start off the 2020/21 campaign with a home first round tie in the Carabao Cup, Ian Evatt will tell you that you should always be aiming to win, but you can expect this to be a pre-season match on steroids, as it wouldn’t be a surprise if this and Tuesday’s Trophy game against Crewe are used to fine tune things.
📏 Bradford City tie a good benchmark.
➕ The addition of Andrew Tutte.
⌛️ Excitement for the new season.
— Bolton Wanderers (@OfficialBWFC) September 3, 2020
A fairly clean bill of health for Bolton. Dennis Politic’s long-term injury is obviously well known, while Liam Edwards and Muhammadu Faal will be unavailable. Those aside, Evatt should have a full squad to choose from. For Bradford, Levi Sutton is suspended but the Bantams have everyone else available.
These two teams met last season in the EFL Trophy group stage. 9,000 fans turned up for the first home game under new ownership, Politic opened the scoring in the 8th minute before Paudie O’Connor equalised early in the second half, before Bradford went on to win the penalty shootout.
The other big club in League Two, Bradford couldn’t make an immediate return to the third tier last season, finishing just outside the playoffs. Stuart McCall is back in charge, after he managed them when we beat them to promotion from League One in 2017. Clayton Donaldson went to Valley Parade after leaving us and could feature up front tomorrow.
Hard to say, being a cup game, and the first game of the season. It depends on how either side approaches it. I would make us favourites, but I don’t expect us to have it easy, It could even go to penalties… 1-1