Bolton Wanderers vs Portsmouth Match Analysis & Prediction
10/01/2023 10:45 pm
Bolton Wanderers play host to Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy quarter-finals on Tuesday in an all-League One affair.
After earning a respectable goalless draw at home against League One leaders Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, Bolton should head into their midweek cup tie with plenty of confidence.
Bolton have now kept five clean sheets in their last six matches, with their possession-based style of play clearly frustrating opponents given that they have seen red cards shown against them in each of their last three matches.
Having last won the EFL Trophy by defeating Torquay United in the final in the 1988-89 season, which represents Bolton’s last domestic cup victory after narrowly missing out on the League Cup by losing to Middlesbrough in the 2003-04 final, Ian Evatt will be keen to take his side all the way to Wembley.
After failing to beat Portsmouth in either of their league encounters last season, though, Evatt will know that his players will need to be close to their best if they are to triumph on Tuesday.
However, Portsmouth would consider themselves to be in the middle of a cagey period having failed to win any of their last five matches.
Their 3-1 defeat at home to Charlton Athletic last week saw Danny Cowley sacked as manager after less than two years in charge of Pompey, with interim manager Simon Bassey performing well in his first game in charge to restrict Premier League opponents Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-0 win in the FA Cup third rouund on Saturday.
Bassey will be hopeful of springing a surprise on Tuesday based on the evidence of his side’s disciplined display at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the weekend.
Bolton Wanderers vs. Portsmouth Head to head
In the previous 77 meetings between these two sides across all competitions, Bolton Wanderers have claimed 32 victories while Portsmouth have won 26, and they have drawn in 19. Portsmouth have scored 96 goals and conceded 119 in the process.
04/08/2012Portsmouth3Bolton Wanderers0Club Friendlies
28/09/2019Portsmouth1Bolton Wanderers0League One
18/01/2020Bolton Wanderers0Portsmouth1League One
30/10/2021Portsmouth1Bolton Wanderers0League One
05/04/2022Bolton Wanderers1Portsmouth1League One
Bolton Wanderers Team News
Evatt may not wish to show his full hand in a competition which he is likely to consider as less of a priority.
He may hand the likes of Josh Sheehan, Elias Kachunga, Amadou Bakayoko and Owen Beck an opportunity after they came off the bench during their side’s draw against Plymouth last time out.
Bolton Wanderers's Last 5 Matches
17/12/2022Bolton Wanderers2Exeter City0League One
27/12/2022Bolton Wanderers0Derby County0League One
30/12/2022Lincoln City1Bolton Wanderers1League One
02/01/2023Barnsley0Bolton Wanderers3League One
07/01/2023Bolton Wanderers0Plymouth Argyle0League One
Portsmouth Team News
Portsmouth are likely to make several changes after expending plenty of energy to keep Spurs to only a one-goal victory in North London.
The trio of Joe Pigott, Ronan Curtis and Louis Thompson are expected to be named in Bassey’s starting XI after appearing off the bench against Tottenham.
Portsmouth's Last 5 Matches
17/12/2022Portsmouth0Milton Keynes Dons2League One
26/12/2022Exeter City0Portsmouth0League One
29/12/2022Portsmouth2Ipswich Town2League One
01/01/2023Portsmouth1Charlton Athletic3League One
07/01/2023Tottenham Hotspur1Portsmouth0FA Cup
Bolton Wanderers vs. Portsmouth: Odds and Predictions
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