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Politic starts: The Bolton XI we expect Hill to field v Plymouth Argyle this weekend

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Bolton Wanderers take on Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup this weekend, in what could potentially be a tricky test for Keith Hill’s side as they look to progress to the next round of the competition. 

The Trotters have been impressive in recent weeks, and have won their last three games coming into this one, so they won’t be short on confidence.

Plymouth haven’t got off to the best of starts in their league campaign this season, with Ryan Lowe’s men currently sat 13th in the League Two table.

Argyle have lost their last two matches and will be hoping to pull off an upset on the day as they look to give their fans something to cheer for.

But how can we expect Keith Hill’s team to lineup on Saturday afternoon?

Find out below….

There are unlikely to be wholesale changes to the Bolton team, even though Hill would have been keen to rest some of his key players for their fight against relegation in League One this term.

Remi Matthews has impressed in recent weeks, and with Jak Alnwick still out injured, it’s almost a certainty that Matthews will retain his spot in the starting XI for this one.

Jack Hobbs remains out of action heading into this game, which means that it’s likely we’ll see youngster Yoann Zouma partner Jake Wright in the heart of the Bolton defence.

Adam Chicken and Josh Emmanuel have both made positive impacts since arriving at the club in the summer and will be confident of building on some impressive performances as we head towards the potentially season-defining festive period.

Jason Lowe has been one of Bolton’s best players so far this season, and he’s struck up a strong partnership with Luke Murphy in midfield, and with a lack of strength in depth, Hill could be forced to start the pair against Argyle.

We could see a change out wide though in this one, with Hill previously revealing that he was taking a gamble on the fitness of Stoke loanee Thibaud Verlinden.

Verlinden has been impressive this season, but he could be rested in favour of Dennis Politic for this one, with Bolton’s priorities likely to be elsewhere.

Daryl Murphy and Chris O’Grady are another pair that are almost certain starters in this one, and they’ve both been in good form recently.

They each scored a goal in the 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town last weekend, and will fancy their chances coming up against a Plymouth team which have looked frail in defence at times already this season.

It certainly won’t be an easy game for Keith Hill’s side on Saturday, as they look to avoid a potential cup shock at the hands of Plymouth.


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