Bolton Wanderers vs Manchester United U21 Match Analysis & Prediction
13/12/2022 10:45 pm
Manchester United U21 will be looking to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Northern Section of the EFL Trophy when they take on Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday.
While the hosts claimed a 3-2 victory over Barrow to progress to this stage of the competition, the visitors beat Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 on penalties in the last round to progress.
Bolton suffered a humiliating defeat to Shrewsbury Town in League One on Saturday, conceding twice in the final 11 minutes of the game in Shropshire to lose 3-2.
The Trotters led 2-1 until the 79th minute of the contest, when Christian Saydee equalised and Chey Dunkley then scored the winner for the hosts in the 92nd minute.
That defeat has left Bolton in fifth place in the table, boasting 32 points from their 20 games, as they look to challenge for a return to the Championshp this season.
Ian Evatt’s side finished top of Group B in Northern Section, picking up seven points in the process to progress to the next round, where they claimed a 3-2 victory over Barrow to progress to the quarter-finals.
Bolton were knocked out of the FA Cup by Barnsley at the start of November, so this competition has taken on added importance, although the league remains the priority competition for the club.
Meanwhile, Manchester United U21 overcame Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 on penalties in the last round of the competition following a goalless draw to progress to this stage.
Marc Jurado, Charlie McNeill, Manni Norkett and Kobbie Mainoo all scored during the shootout to send the Red Devils into the knockout round of the competition.
A number of players have been away in Spain with the first team for their mid-season training camp, which included friendlies against Cadiz and Real Betis.
However, there is no reason apart from injury why the players should not manage to feature in this game, so Mark Dempsey’s side are likely to arrive with a strong squad on Tuesday.
Manchester United U21 finished top of Group G of the Northern Section ahead of Barrow, with the team picking up seven points to progress to the round of 32.
Bolton Wanderers vs. Manchester United U21 Head to head
These two teams have not previously met on any occasion and this will be their first meeting in the EFL Trophy.
13/12/2022Bolton WanderersN/AManchester United U21N/AEFL Trophy
Bolton Wanderers Team News
Bolton manager Evatt will make changes to the side that started against Shrewsbury in the league on Saturday, with Joel Dixon likely to be handed a start between the sticks.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson should also feature in the final third of the field, with the striker having scored against Barrow in the last round.
Bolton Wanderers's Last 5 Matches
12/11/2022Cambridge United0Bolton Wanderers0League One
19/11/2022Fleetwood Town1Bolton Wanderers2League One
22/11/2022Bolton Wanderers3Barrow2EFL Trophy
02/12/2022Bolton Wanderers1Bristol Rovers1League One
10/12/2022Shrewsbury Town3Bolton Wanderers2League One
Manchester United U21 Team News
Manchester United U21 manager Dempsey will need to assess the fitness of the players who have been away with the first team in Spain, but Teden Mengi will remain sidelined through injury.
Mainoo, Jurado and Charlie Savage are among those to feature for the visitors, with Tom Huddlestone starting in central midfield.
Manchester United U21's Last 5 Matches
26/10/2022Manchester United U210Sparta Praha U210Premier League International Cup
29/10/2022Tottenham Hotspur U211Manchester United U211Premier League 2 Division One
05/11/2022Manchester United U211Manchester City U216Premier League 2 Division One
11/11/2022Manchester United U210Monaco U212Premier League International Cup
22/11/2022Wolves U210Manchester Unted U210(P)EFL Trophy
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