Bolton Wanderers vs Salford City Predictions

Bolton Wanderers vs Salford City predictions for Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy affair at University of Bolton Stadium. Defending EFL Trophy titleholders Bolton Wanderers kick off their title defence as they welcome League Two side Salford City for their initial Northern Section Group E match. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Bolton Wanderers vs Salford City Predictions

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EFL Trophy’s Northern Showdown

Key Stats
– Bolton celebrated their first trophy win since 1989 last season with a 4-0 victory.
– Salford City have triumphed in penalty shootouts against both Preston and Leeds this season.
– Dion Charles, Bolton’s top scorer, will be missing due to international duty, leaving room for other forwards to shine.

The EFL Trophy has always been a competition with its own stories, heroes, and villains. The reigning champions, Bolton Wanderers, are all set to start their title defence against League Two contenders, Salford City, in the Northern Section Group E opener.

Bolton, once a side rubbing shoulders with Europe’s best, demonstrated their domestic prowess by thrashing Plymouth Argyle 4-0 in the previous season’s final. This sensational victory was witnessed by a staggering 79,000 supporters at Wembley, marking their first trophy win since 1989. On the contrary, Salford City is no stranger to the competition, having bested Portsmouth in the 2019-20 edition..

Recent Performances

Bolton’s journey this season has been a rollercoaster. While they commenced the season with impressive victories over teams like Lincoln City, they suffered setbacks with a 4-0 loss to Wigan and an EFL Cup exit to Middlesbrough. However, redemption came in the form of a 2-1 win over Derby County.

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Salford, on the other hand, have showcased their mettle in knockout games, particularly their penalty shootout prowess. This season, they’ve dispatched both Preston and Leeds, ensuring a spot in the third round of the EFL Cup. However, they’ve struggled in the league, indicated by their recent 1-0 loss to Morecambe.

Team News and Tactics

Bolton will be without three integral players due to international commitments: Dion Charles, Josh Sheehan, and Zac Ashworth. Charles and Sheehan’s absence could pave the way for Dan Nlundulu, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, and the experienced Cameron Jerome. Paris Maghoma, a Brentford loanee, might feature in the midfield.

For Salford, veteran Adrian Mariappa will be missing in action due to international duty, and Matty Lund’s recent red card sidelines him. They also face a defender conundrum as Declan John, on loan from Bolton, is ineligible against his parent club.

Statistical Overview and Predictions

Bolton Wanderers: Average BettingTips4You Expert Rating: 6.92

  • Notable performers: Eoin Toal (7.40), Josh Dacres-Cogley (7.37), and Dion Charles (7.18).
  • Key striker: Dion Charles with 4 goals.

Salford City: Average BettingTips4You Expert Rating: 6.88

  • Notable performers: Callum Hendry (7.33), Matt Smith (7.30), and Curtis Tilt (7.13).
  • Leading the attack: Callum Hendry with 3 goals.

Predictions:

  1. Match Outcome: Considering both teams’ form and statistics, a win for Bolton Wanderers seems likely. The Trotters have demonstrated superiority in their overall performance and should be able to utilise home advantage.
  2. Correct Score Prediction: Given the goal scoring prowess and defensive records, a 2-1 victory for Bolton seems plausible.
  3. Goalscorer Prediction: In the absence of Dion Charles, Victor Adeboyejo from Bolton seems the likely candidate to find the back of the net. With 4 goals already this season, he is in good form.

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