Spirits must be high at the Macron Stadium at current.
Bolton’s 1-0 win against MK Dons last weekend was their third on the bounce and saw them move into positive points for the first time this season–having started the 2019/20 campaign with a 12-point deduction.
Last week’s victory also saw the return of on-loan midfielder Liam Bridcutt, who started for the Trotters just six weeks after injuring his collarbone and dislocating his shoulder.
Keith Hill’s side remain 12 points adrift of safety in League One but they’ve certainly seen a turnaround in their fortunes over the last few weeks.
They travel to the Crown Ground to face an Accrington Stanley side with just one win in their last seven league games, a run that has seen them slide down the table into 19th.
Saturday’s game will be the first of two times the duo will meet over the next few weeks, having drawn each other in the knock-out stages of the EFL Trophy.
You feel this game will be the more important of the two and with that in mind, here is the XI we expect Hill to line up on the weekend.
Playing in goal for the Trotters has not been an easy task this season, with only three League One sides having conceded more goals, but Remi Matthews has been a mainstay in the side so far.
The 25-year-old has helped Bolton keep clean sheets in two of their last three league games, which has been vital to their winning run, and he looks certain to retain the number one shirt.
Ahead of him, the return of Preston North End loanee Josh Earl proved a real boost against MK Dons and he is likely to reprise his role at centre-back alongside Jake Wright, with full-back’s Josh Emmanuel and Adam Chicksen outside them.
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Bridcutt’s near-miraculous return is excellent for Hill’s side and the Bolton boss has confirmed that despite a few knocks, he should be ready again for the trip to Accrington.
Stoke City loanee Thibaud Verlinden has shown flashes of brilliance for the Trotters and against an out-of-form side, you may see Hill bring him in on the left flank, with Luke Murphy, Jason Lowe, and Joe Dodoo making up the rest of the midfield.
Daryl Murphy’s 93rd-minute winner last weekend was his third in the last three league games. The 36-year-old is vital to Hill’s side at the minute and looks set to be key to their survival chances, however slight they might be.