Bolton Wanderers vs Scunthorpe United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Alfie Beestin and Antoni Sarcevic fight for possession during the reverse fixture | Photo by Mick Walker - CameraSport via Getty Images

Bolton Wanderers will be aiming to move within touching distance of the play-off positions tomorrow evening as they play host to an equally inform outfit in Neil Cox's Scunthorpe United side.

The Trotters currently occupy tenth position on forty-one points after a third successive league victory on Saturday, ensured they enter the meeting with the wind truly in their sails.

As for Scunthorpe, their league form is as equally impressive, after a fourth consecutive league win over Harrogate Town just two days ago - leaves them currently occupying 16th position.

  • Team news

Bolton manager Ian Evatt has reported a clean bill of health ahead of tomorrows game with just Harry Brockbank the only absentees that is due to return to full training later this week.

Striker Shaun Miller marked his return to the side with the winning goal at Southend United on Saturday and he could begin to partner fellow forward Eoin Doyle. 

The 32-year-old, who joined from Swindon Town in the Summer, has completed more minutes than any other player this season and has already netted 11 times.

As for The Iron, the game may come too early for defender Harrison McGahey as he continues to step up his return following a lengthy hamstring strain.

Striker, Kevin Van Veen did however return to the side  with an immediate impact. He provided an assist from the substitutes bench as Lewis Spence sealed the points late on a 3-1 win over Harrogate Town.

  • Predicted lineups

Bolton Wanderers:

Gilks; John, Baptiste, Santos, Jones; Williams, Lee; Gnahoua, Afolayan, Maddison; Doyle.

Bolton boss Ian Evatt may chose to keep Doyle on the pitch as he has done for most of the season, but centre-forward is another area he now feels he has the right level of competition with Miller scoring the winner in Essex on Saturday.

Scunthorpe United:

Howard; Brown, Taft, Onariase, Clarke; Green, Beestin, Karacan, Gillead; Eisa, Loft.

The arrival of Jem Karacan has been a masterstroke for Neil Cox and his rejuivanted Scunthorpe side. George Taft returns to face the club he left in the January transfer window.

  • Ones to watch

Kieran Lee

With Evatt opting for a very attack minded 4-2-4 in recent weeks, Lee alongside MJ Williams allow the front four to hurt teams whilst protecting the Wanderers back line. 

Lee has been superb in this ever improving Bolton side and allows the team stability in midfield by doing the dirty work when called upon. 

If Scunthorpe are looking to hurt The Whites backline tomorrow evening they will have to be on top form to bypass Lee's clever midfield antics.

Ryan Loft

With little to no service at the start of this campaign, Loft was often the scapegoat for Scunthorpe's poor run that saw them sink into the bottom too.

At 6'4, the former Carlisle man showed electric pace, a terrific touch and a cultured finish to fire The Iron into a 2-1 lead just moments before half-time on Saturday.

Now, with four goals and three assists in his last four games. The striker is relishing in this newly found confidence that has seen his side ease any existing relegation woes. 

  • Previous meetings

In eleven previous meetings, Bolton have won four and lost only two to Tuesday's opponents.

Their last success came in this season reverse fixture in North Lincolnshire, with Peter Kioso scoring the decisive goal in a 1-0 away win.

  • Where to watch

The game kicks off at 19:45 BST on Tuesday 23rd February 2021.

It will be streamed on both clubs iFollow channels, available to purchase for just £10.