Bolton Wanderers vs Portsmouth Match Analysis & Prediction

Bolton Wanderers

14/01/2023 6:00 pm

Portsmouth

Four days after Bolton Wanderers knocked out Portsmouth out of the EFL Trophy, the two sides will resume hostilities when they meet in League One on Saturday.

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While the hosts currently sit in the playoff spots, Portsmouth are 10 points worse off than their opponents, although they have played three matches fewer than the Trotters.

Bolton extended their unbeaten run to seven matches across all competitions with a narrow 1-0 victory over Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.

The hosts will be looking to replicate that result on Saturday as they look to cement their spot in the playoff places, with Bolton currently sitting in fifth position.

Ian Evatt’s side are currently three points better off than Wycombe Wanderers, who sit just outside the playoffs in seventh place.

Bolton boast the best defensive home record in the league, and they have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five competitive matches at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Portsmouth are currently without a permanent manager after Danny Cowley was sacked following the club’s most recent league game, which resulted in a 3-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic.

Since that result, interim manager Simon Bassey has overseen consecutive 1-0 defeats, firstly to Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup, before they were beaten by Bolton on Tuesday.

While Portsmouth have now lost their last three matches across all competitions, they are also winless in nine league games since beating Forest Green Rovers on October 22.

As a result of their poor form, Portsmouth have dropped down to 13th place in the league standings, with nine points separating them from the playoff spots.

Bolton Wanderers vs. Portsmouth Head to head

In the previous 78 meetings between these two teams across all competitions, Bolton have claimed 33 victories while Portsmouth have won 26, and they have drawn in 19. Portsmouth have scored 96 goals and conceded 120 in the process.

  • 28/09/2019
    Portsmouth
    1
    Bolton Wanderers
    0
    League One
  • 18/01/2020
    Bolton Wanderers
    0
    Portsmouth
    1
    League One
  • 30/10/2021
    Portsmouth
    1
    Bolton Wanderers
    0
    League One
  • 05/04/2022
    Bolton Wanderers
    1
    Portsmouth
    1
    League One
  • 10/01/2023
    Bolton Wanderers
    1
    Portsmouth
    0
    EFL Trophy

Bolton Wanderers Team News

Bolton are unable to call upon the services of Jack Iredale due to a knee injury, while Dapo Afolayan is ruled out through suspension.

Dan N’Lundulu has recently joined on loan from Southampton, and after being cup-tied for Tuesday’s game, he is expected to feature among the substitutes on Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers's Last 5 Matches

  • 27/12/2022
    Bolton Wanderers
    0
    Derby County
    0
    League One
  • 30/12/2022
    Lincoln City
    1
    Bolton Wanderers
    1
    League One
  • 02/01/2023
    Barnsley
    0
    Bolton Wanderers
    3
    League One
  • 07/01/2023
    Bolton Wanderers
    0
    Plymouth Argyle
    0
    League One
  • 10/01/2023
    Bolton Wanderers
    1
    Portsmouth
    0
    EFL Trophy

Portsmouth Team News

Portsmouth are still without the services of Tom Lowery, Jayden Reid, Joe Rafferty and Clarke Robertson due to injury issues, while Marlon Pack is suspended.

Goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi is set to replace Joshua Griffiths, who has been recalled from his loan spell by parent club West Bromwich Albion.

Portsmouth's Last 5 Matches

  • 26/12/2022
    Exeter City
    0
    Portsmouth
    0
    League One
  • 29/12/2022
    Portsmouth
    2
    Ipswich Town
    2
    League One
  • 01/01/2023
    Portsmouth
    1
    Charlton Athletic
    3
    League One
  • 07/01/2023
    Tottenham Hotspur
    1
    Portsmouth
    0
    FA Cup
  • 10/01/2023
    Bolton Wanderers
    1
    Portsmouth
    0
    EFL Trophy

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