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John McDougall

Beck debut & Isgrove return? Bolton Wanderers predicted team vs Tranmere Rovers

Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt is set to pick a strong team this evening when taking on Tranmere Rovers in the Papa Johns Trophy.

The Whites make the trip to Prenton Park to take on Micky Mellon's side in a 7pm kick-off. Wanderers won their opening group game last month with a 4-1 triumph over Crewe Alex at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Wanderers go into the encounter on the back of three straight wins in League One, the latest being a 1-0 triumph over Peterborough United over the weekend. Evatt has plenty of options to choose from with a fully fit squad at his disposal.

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Evatt said: “It will be a strong team. Any 11 that I pick at the moment will be really strong because we’ve got a lot of very good young players and footballers ready and itching to play.

"Lloyd’s (Isgrove) back as well now so we’ve got plenty of options for Tuesday. We look forward to that game."

With James Trafford called up for England under-21s duty, Joel Dixon is likely to replace him as goalkeeper. With Jack Iredale having suffered a dead leg over the weekend, George Johnston could continue in the back three and be joined by Will Aimson and Eoin Toal.

At wing-back, Lloyd Isgrove could play his maiden first-team game since last November at right wing-back. Liverpool loanee Owen Beck could line up on the left and make his debut for Wanderers.

In central midfield, Josh Sheehan could be handed his second start after returning from a ruptured ACL. Aaron Morley could be given the nod alongside him.

In the forward positions, Kieran Sadlier is a candidate to start in the number 10 role. Upfront, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is expected to be handed more minutes and could start alongside Amadou Bakayoko.

Predicted Bolton Wanderers starting team vs Tranmere Rovers: Dixon; Aimson, Toal, Johnston; Isgrove, Morley, Sheehan, Beck; Sadlier; Bodvarsson, Bakayoko.

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