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John McDougall

Bolton Wanderers predicted team vs Accrington as Ian Evatt faces key choices from Leeds clash

Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt faces some interesting team selection decisions when taking on Accrington Stanley this weekend.

Plenty of changes are expected from the side which beat Leeds United's under-21s in midweek which sealed qualification to the next round of the Papa Johns Trophy. Several first team squad players were not part of the squad and would be anticipated to come back in.

Manchester City loanee James Trafford is anticipated to replace Joel Dixon inbetween the sticks. One of the big team selection talking points for Wanderers however comes at right wing-back.

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Liverpool loanee Conor Bradley will not feature as he is suspended for a match after picking up his fifth yellow card last time out in League One in the draw against Barnsley. It opens a space in the team which must be filled.

The choice is between the trio of Gethin Jones, the recently returned Lloyd Isgrove, or Kieran Sadlier in that position. Given Isgrove has only recently returned to action and Sadlier could be used higher up the pitch, it could be that Jones fills that void.

In the back three, Will Aimson could fill the gap left by Jones moving to right wing-back. Captain Ricardo Santos and George Johnston would be anticipated to complete the defensive trio.

At left wing-back, Jack Iredale could start in that role after Declan John began the win over Leeds. In central midfield, MJ Williams and George Thomason would be expected to return.

The number 10 role and strikers are areas where plenty of choices are on the cards. Given Dapo Afolayan's recent good form and not being in the squad against Leeds, he could get the nod in the number 10 role.

Dion Charles is anticipated to start against his old side, with the question of who starts alongside him needing to be answered. Sadlier, Amadou Bakayoko and Elias Kachunga are all options, but Evatt may well go with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson for the encounter.

Bolton Wanderers predicted starting XI vs Accrington Stanley: Trafford; Aimson, Santos, Johnston; Jones, Williams, Thomason, Iredale; Afolayan; Bodvarsson, Charles.

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