Stockport County vs Bolton Wanderers Match Analysis & Prediction
14/11/2023 10:30 pm
Stockport County will be looking to leapfrog holders Bolton Wanderers into top spot in Group E when the sides meet in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.
The two sides have already secured their progression to the knockout rounds, but the hosts must win here if they are to claim first position in the section.
Stockport picked up an impressive 11th successive win in League Two when beating Swindon Town 4-2 away from home on Saturday, moving them five points clear of second-placed Wrexhan in the process after just 17 matches.
The Hatters had trailed 1-0 and 2-1 at the County Ground, where Swindon had won five of their seven home matches heading into the encounter, but late strikes from Odin Bailey and Callum Camps kept their team’s winning run going as they aim to return to League One for the first time since 2010.
Dave Challinor’s side have also already improved on their efforts in the EFL Trophy from last season, having secured their spot in the knockout stages with a game remaining.
However, they will be keen to prove their worth by competing against a side aiming for promotion into the Championship, especially as the group winners will face a runner-up from a different group.
Bolton claimed a fifth successive league victory when narrowly beating Blackpool 1-0 at home on Saturday, with George Thomason’s late goal proving enough to secure all three points from a tight and tense encounter.
That result kept Ian Evatt’s side level on points with second-placed Oxford United, while league leaders Portsmouth conceded a late equaliser at home to Charlton Athletic, meaning Pompey are just a point clear at the top after 16 matches.
The Trotters won the EFL Trophy in sme style last season when beating Plymouth Argyle – wh went on to lift the League One title – 4-0 in the final, with Bolton showing the type of football which they are capable of playing when everything clicks. In order to hold onto top spot in the group, they simply must avoid defeat at Stockport on Tuesday.
Stockport County vs. Bolton Wanderers Head to head
In the 10 previous meetings between these two teams, Stockport have claimed four victories while Bolton have won one, and they have drawn in five. Bolton have scored 13 goals and conceded 17 in the process.
03/04/2001Bolton Wanderers1Stockport County1Championship
25/07/2017Stockport County0Bolton Wanderers0Club Friendlies
07/11/2021Bolton Wanderers2Stockport County2FA Cup
17/11/2021Stockport County(E)5Bolton Wanderers3FA Cup
05/07/2022Stockport County2Bolton Wanderers2Club Friendlies
Stockport County Team News
With his side already through to the knockouts and promotion from League Two clearly taking priority for Stockport this season, Challinor is likely to make several changes against Bolton.
Paddy Madden scored a hat-trick against Salford last time out in this competition and will almost certainly lead the line having only been used off the bench against Swindon on Saturday.
Stockport County's Last 5 Matches
21/10/2023Stockport County3Grimsby Town2League Two
24/10/2023Crewe Alexandra0Stockport County2League Two
28/10/2023Stockport County2Tranmere Rovers0League Two
04/11/2023Stockport County5Worksop Town1FA Cup
11/11/2023Swindon Town2Stockport County4League Two
Bolton Wanderers Team News
Bolton will almost certainly freshen things up a little after battling hard to earn all three points against Blackpool, although there is less pressure on Evatt to rotate as their scheduled game against Cambridge has been postponed.
Dan Nlundulu will expected to start after scoring a brace against Manchester United U21 last time out in this competitions, with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson likey to join him in attack after also scoring in that win.
Bolton Wanderers's Last 5 Matches
24/10/2023Wycombe Wanderers2Bolton Wanderers4League One
28/10/2023Charlton Athletic0Bolton Wanderers2League One
04/11/2023Bolton Wanderers4Solihull Moors0FA Cup
07/11/2023Shrewsbury Town0Bolton Wanderers2League One
11/11/2023Bolton Wanderers1Blackpool0League One
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