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Match Preview: Bolton v Pompey

All you need to know about Papa John’s Trophy contest

10 January 2023

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Bolton Wanderers v Pompey

Pompey received plenty of plaudits after a narrow FA Cup defeat at Premier League giants Tottenham on Saturday.

And the challenge is to maintain those high performance levels when they visit Bolton in the Papa Johns Trophy this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

A place in the semi-finals is at stake, with the prize of a trip to Wembley now lying tantalisingly withing reach.

Wanderers finished top of Northern Group B to reach the knockout stages before narrowly beating Barrow.

They then netted four unanswered goals in the second half to thrash Manchester United’s youngsters in the last 16.

Ian Evatt’s men currently sit fifth in the League One standings and drew 0-0 with table-topping Plymouth at the weekend.

This is the first of two games at the University of Bolton Stadium for Pompey this week, with the sides meeting again – with points at stake – on Saturday.

The most recent contest took place in the north-west last April, with Aiden O’Brien’s opener cancelled out by Kieran Sadlier’s penalty in a 1-1 draw.

In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, tonight’s tie will be settled by a penalty shoot-out.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey remain without Tom Lowery (hamstring), Jay Mingi (knee), Joe Rafferty (stomach) and Jayden Reid (knee), while Clark Robertson (hip) is a doubt.

New signing Ryley Towler is cup tied and cannot feature, but Marlon Pack’s suspension does not cover games in the Papa Johns Trophy.

Jack Iredale (knee) is missing for Bolton, who will have defender Ricardo Santos available following a virus.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Simon Bassey ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 36 wins
Bolton: 42 wins
23 draws

On the road
Pompey: 10 wins
Bolton: 32 wins
8 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: Robert Madden
Assistants: Joe Simpson and Graeme Fyvie
Fourth Official: Benjamin Speedie

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not available online).

BETTING
Bolton are the 20/21 favourites with VBET to progress inside 90 minutes, while Pompey can be backed at 14/5.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for this evening’s game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

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ALSO IN PAPA JOHNS TROPHY
Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

Lincoln v Accrington (7pm)
Bristol Rovers v Plymouth
Cheltenham v Salford

LAST MEETING


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