Bolton Wanderers vs Cheltenham Town preview

Bolton Wanderers take on 6th placed Cheltenham Town on Saturday 16th January in what could be a pivotal game for both sides. Bolton Wanderers are looking to halt a slide of only one victory in the last seven matches, with that singular victory coming over their counterparts back in December. Cheltenham are looking to halt their similar slide of one victory in their last 8 league games, although intermittent victories in the FA cup have appeared within that period. 

This will be the first time that the Wanderers have hosted Cheltenham in their history, either in a cup or league competition – something of a common nature given Bolton’s relegation to the fourth tier of football for only the second time in their history. 

The overall record of both teams is 1 victory each, with Bolton’s victory in Legaue Two in December 2020 matched by Cheltenham’s victory in November 2016 in the EFL Trophy. Both played at Cheltenham, both 1-0 victories settled in injury time. 

Bolton changed their system on Tuesday evening in their 1-1 draw at Exeter City. It remains to be seen whether this will be the system going forward or whether the 5-3-2 Ian Evatt has been persistent with will come back in some way, shape or form. 

Michael Duff (Cheltenham Town manager) on the game against Bolton: “Obviously we fell the wrong side of a really tight one against them, but there was nothing in the game. They have gone down to Exeter on Tuesday night and there was nothing in the game. The players will enjoy going to the stadium, it’s a nice stadium, empty or not and the facilities are good. The pitch will be good and off the back of the other day, can we kick on?” 

Ian Evatt after the draw on Tuesday at Exeter: “A point is a platform and we need to go into Saturday and make sure that we get three points because this is a good point if you win on Saturday. If you don’t win, it’s not so good.” 

Dave Figgins

Sports Reporter

Bolton Live

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