Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Salford City

Bolton are playing Salford City at the EFL Trophy of England on September 5.

Bolton (also known as Bolton Wanderers or Bolton Wanderes) and Salford City (commonly referred to as Salford) meet again a month after the friendly match which Bolton won 1-2. Bolton are approaching this clash after a victory over Derby County in League One last Saturday, however, one part of Bolton has trailed behind in terms of reliability—defence: they have been conceding goals for 5 consecutive matches now.

Salford City, on the other hand, are preparing for the match after a loss against Morecambe in League Two last Saturday. They’re going to need to sort out the problems in the back first to improve the results as they have been conceding goals for 7 consecutive matches now.

Recent Form:

Bolton have won Derby County in their previous match while Salford City have lost to Morecambe in their previous match. Overall, Bolton have won 12 of their last 20 matches, losing 3 and drawing 5, while Salford City have won 7 of their last 20 matches, losing 10 and drawing 3.


Bolton have won 3 times (2-1 against Derby County on 2nd of September, 3-1 against Fleetwood Town on 16th of August and 0-3 against Cheltenham Town on 12th of August), lost twice (1-3 against Middlesbrough on 30th of August and 0-4 against Wigan on 19th of August) and drew once (1-1 against Burton Albion on 26th of August) in their most recent 6 matches.

Salford City

Salford City have won twice (1-1 against Leeds on 30th of August and 3-4 against Tranmere Rovers on 19th of August), lost 3 times (1-0 against Morecambe on 2nd of September, 1-2 against Accrington Stanley on 26th of August and 2-0 against Grimsby on 16th of August) and drew once (1-1 against Crawley Town on 12th of August) in their most recent 6 matches.

Team News:


Availability isn’t a big problem, with just a single fitness concern for the Bolton Wanderers gaffer Ian Evatt to be concerned about from a near full-strength group. George Johnston (Knee Surgery) is out of contention.

Salford City

Due to a fully injury-free group to choose from, the Salford City manager Neil Wood has no fitness worries at all ahead of this clash.

Head to Head:

Bolton and Salford City have met 4 times since November 2020. Bolton have won 4 times. The most recent match between them took place on July 22, 2023 in a friendly where Bolton won 1-2. Bolton have scored 10 goals in these 4 head-to-head matches in total while Salford City have scored 2.

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