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Match Preview: Bolton v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

13 January 2023

Bolton Wanderers v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Bolton v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

13 January 2023

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After a long midweek trip to Bolton, next up for Pompey is… a long weekend trip to Bolton.

Yes, just a few days after being narrowly beaten in the quarter-finals of the Papa Johns Trophy, they head back to the same venue for a League One contest.

The hosts currently sit fifth in the standings, with 10 more points than the Blues, having played three games more.

Wanderers are currently on a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions and have not conceded in their past three fixtures.

They were most recently in league action last Saturday, playing out a goalless draw with table-topping Plymouth on home soil.

Indeed, only two sides – Sheffield Wednesday and Oxford – have taken maximum points away from the University of Bolton Stadium this season.

It finished 1-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, with Aiden O’Brien’s opener cancelled out by a Kieran Sadlier penalty.

And Pompey have not lost any of the last five league meetings between the sides – a run that stretches back to 2009.

Pompey remain without Tom Lowery (hamstring), Jay Mingi (knee), Joe Rafferty (stomach) and Jayden Reid (knee), while Marlon Pack is suspended.

But new signing Ryley Towler could make his debut, while Clark Robertson (hip) has returned to full training.

Jack Iredale and George Thomason are both missing for the hosts with knee injuries and there are doubts over the fitness of Gethin Jones.

Dapo Afolayan is on his way out of the club, but Dan Nlundulu could feature after arriving on loan from Southampton.

Read the thoughts of Simon Bassey ahead of the game.

Pompey: 36 wins
Bolton: 43 wins
23 draws

On the road
Pompey: 10 wins
Bolton: 33 wins
8 draws

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistants: Ian Cooper and Lee Venamore
Fourth Official: Andy Haines

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

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

Bolton are the evens favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the Pompey can be backed at 5/2.

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