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Bolton Wanderers vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 6

17 October 2020

Match Previews

Bolton Wanderers vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 6

17 October 2020

The Sky Bet League Two campaign continues with a short trip across to Bolton this afternoon (3pm KO).

Harry Kewell’s side fell to a 3-2 defeat last time out against current table-toppers Morecambe and are still in search for their first league win of the season.

Conor McAleny added two more goals to his tally against the Shrimps which makes him the joint top scorer in the division.

Form Guide

Bolton have had a difficult start to the season and despite being fancied by many to go straight back up they sit in 19th after five league games.

Their only win in any competition this season came against newly promoted Harrogate Town with the Whites winning 2-1.

They have not fared any better in other competitions as they fell at the first hurdle in the Carabao Cup and have also been knocked out of the EFL Trophy.

The Trotters’ last six:

  1. Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Grimsby Town
  2. Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Bolton Wanderers (EFL Trophy)
  3. Harrogate Town 1-2 Bolton Wanderers
  4. Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Newport County
  5. Colchester United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers 
  6. Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Forest Green Rovers


Latics have won 15 of the 55 games played between the two clubs.

The last time the two clubs have met, Oldham got the better of Wanderers, beating them 1-0 in April 2017.

Despite being reduced to 10 men in the 64th minute, Latics went on to find the winner through Lee Erwin with quarter of an hour to play.

The result saw Sheffield United crowned champions of the division but despite missing out on top spot, Bolton did go on and secure automatic promotion to the Championship.

Watch Out For & Familiar Face

Ex-Latics forward Eoin Doyle was top scorer in the division last season.

Doyle had an incredibly impressive season last year, netting 26 times despite the season coming to an early finish. 

His fantastic goal scoring prowess helped Swindon Town to claim promotion to League One.

Eoin Doyle at Portsmouth.jpg

With one goal in five games for his new club, Doyle is yet to hit the heights he managed at the County Ground.

The 32-year old began his career in Ireland and played for Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers before moving to Scotland where he joined Hibernian.

The Dublin born goalscorer had his first taste of English football when he joined Chesterfield in May 2013.

He netted 13 times in his first season with the Spireites and contributed to the club winning promotion to League One.

Doyle made a blistering start to the next season and as such won a transfer to Cardiff City in the winter transfer window

He struggled to find similar form in Wales and was loaned out to Preston North End where his deal was eventually made permanent. During his time with Preston, Doyle enjoyed a successful loan spell at Boundary Park.

He joined Bradford City in August 2018 and then went on to sign on loan and then on a permanent basis for Swindon Town.

In July 2020, Doyle joined Bolton Wanderers on a three-year deal.

Doyle is not the only link between the two clubs with David Wheater having played over 200 times for Wanderers and Latics legend John Sheridan playing for the Whites between 1996 and 1998.

In The Dugout

Ian Evatt is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

Evatt has had a mixed start to his short managerial career. In his first posting he was made caretaker manager of Chesterfield in 2018 but that ended in the Spireites relegation to the National League.

However, the 38-year old had great success in his second job. He managed to take Barrow back to the Football League after 48 years of absence in his second season in charge of the club.

Clearly impressed by what the young Head Coach had achieved with Barrow, Bolton identified Evatt as the man they believed could lead them back to League One and made a successful approach to Barrow to acquire the services of Evatt.

As a player, Evatt is best known for being a part of the Blackpool side that reached the Premier League under Ian Holloway.

Match Officials

Referee: Robert Madley
Assistants: Richard Woodward & Kevin Mulraine
Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall

Sky Bet Odds

Bolton are 21/20 favourites to pick up three points whilst Latics are 9/4 to secure their first league win of the campaign.

The game to end in a draw is priced at 5/2.

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How To Follow The Game

Because the game is classed as behind-closed-doors, supporters can tune into a live match stream with commentary available for all subscribers on iFollow Latics, as Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown talk you through the action.

This match is available as a live stream for the fee of £10.

Kick off 12:15 (UK)

Visit the Live Match Centre to access form guides, live text commentary and live audio commentary

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.

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