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This Week's Opposition: Bolton Wanderers

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Pompey’s back-to-back helping of home fixtures concludes just days after their 4-0 thrashing of Cheltenham Town at PO4. Bolton Wanderers the next to challenge the Blues, so far unbeaten on home soil under John Mousinho.

For the first time since August, Pompey were able to put 4 goals past an opponent on Saturday, having last done so against Cambridge United in a 4-1 victory at Fratton Park on matchday number 4.

Bolton are next to come wandering to the South Coast… Here's a closer look into a side that have already put 4 goals past the Blues without reply this season.


The Trotters are managed by 41-year-old Ian Evatt, who took charge of the club in July 2020 after a spell of talks between Bolton and his previous employer Barrow, with whom they managed to agree a compensation package for his services.

Evatt had been at the helm of the Cumbrian side for 2 years, having been appointed in June 2018.

In his second season at the club, the former Blackpool and Chesterfield defender guided The Bluebirds back up to the Football League for the first time in 48 years, winning the National League title in the process.

Since arriving at Bolton, Evatt has overseen 74 victories from 150 competitive matches, as well as leading the club back into League One via the automatic promotion places


New signing Victor Adeboyejo, who wears the 29 shirt for Bolton, is our one to watch on this occasion.

The 25-year-old, who already has 12 league goals to his name this season, joined the club for a reported fee of half a million pounds from Burton Albion towards the end of the January transfer window.

Adeboyejo scored his first goal in Bolton colours at the weekend in a 2-1 win over Port Vale.


Northern Irish forward Dion Charles is currently the club’s leading scorer this season, bagging 17 in all competitions including 14 in the league.

The 27-year-old is joint-3rd in the overall leaderboard in League One - Only Aaron Collins of Bristol Rovers, who has scored 15 and Peterborough’s Jonson Clarke-Harris on 18 have found the back of the net on more occasion in the 3rd division this term.

Charles has however been on a bit of a drought in front of goal, going 4 matches without scoring. He last netted in a 5–0 win away at Peterborough on the 11th of February, scoring a hattrick that afternoon.


Ian Evatt’s side are the 2nd most in-form side in the division over the last 10 matches, securing 22 points out of a possible 30 within that period.

The Trotters currently occupy 4th place in League One with 62 points to their name, just 6 points adrift of Plymouth Argyle in 2nd.

Since this season’s reverse fixture back in January, Bolton have won 6 and lost 2 in League One and secured their place in the Papa John’s Trophy Final with a 2-0 victory away at Accrington Stanley in the Semis.

They have also recorded a 5-0 victory twice since they defeated Pompey by 3 goals to nil at what is now known as the Toughsheet Community Stadium 6-and-a-half weeks ago.

Will the Blues continue their unbeaten home run under the new head coach or will it be Bolton leaving PO4 the happiest of the 2 camps?

All of the unmissable action on Pompey Live with Matt Drabble, Jake Smith and Dean Adams reporting live from Fratton Park this Tuesday evening from 7pm (7:45pm kick-off).


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