“Should Be A Class Above” – The Real EFL Pundits Preview Bolton Wanderers Vs Wycombe Wanderers

Tuesday night sees League One’s two ‘Wanderers’ lock horns in what could be an intriguing affair.

Although on paper, Bolton should win and go into this as favourites, we know that football is both not played on paper and can be rather unpredictable at times.

That unpredictability was seen on Saturday as Wycombe caused one of the upsets of the weekend in the EFL as they beat high-flyers Peterborough United 5-2 at Adams Park. It could well go down as their performance of the season and rightly so given the threat that they showed in front of goal.

As a result it’s potentially not as easy of a game for Bolton as first thought, and they’ll be looking to bounce back from somewhat of a disappointing result over the weekend. That does however seem somewhat harsh to say having come from behind to draw 1-1 with Northampton as well as playing the last 60 minutes with ten men.

Nonetheless, they still dropped points on leaders Portsmouth and will be looking to close the gap with a win over Wycombe on Tuesday night.

Matt Bloomfield will be hoping that his side can prove that the performance against Peterborough was no fluke and that they can build on that result and move further away from the relegation zone.

Two of The Real EFL’s writing team give their opinion on how the game will play out…

Ivan Newsome

“Wycombe will be looking to utilise their momentum from their shock win over Peterborough on Saturday and fans will be hoping that the performance wasn’t a one-off.

They do however face an incredibly tough task in the form of Bolton who performed admirably to gain a point against Northampton despite playing with ten men for the majority of the match.

Although I do believe that Wycombe’s win wasn’t exactly a one-off, I cannot see how they get past Bolton here. With a far stronger defence than that of Peterborough they’ll be hard to break down and then could go onto easily catch the hosts on the counter.

It should be a great game given the results at the weekend, but Bolton should be a class above.”

Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Charlie Beeston

“Wycombe are coming into this fixture off the back of one of their results of the season. Their hammering of promotion hopefuls Peterborough will give Matt Bloomfield and his men a huge confidence boost after what has been a difficult season. The weekend’s victory also secured the club’s first back-to-back wins since September. With only one loss since Boxing Day, they seem to really have turned a corner, even though draws have been their forte in that run. 

Tuesday night sees the Berkshire outfit face another promotion challenger however, and they may not be as easy to beat as Posh turned out to be. Bolton currently sit in a great position in their fight for the automatics, only one point behind Derby County in second and have two games in hand over the Rams. With their record being four unbeaten going into this, Ian Evatt’s men will want to keep that run going, but with Wycombe showing a better side to themselves recently and the momentum that will bring, it will not be anywhere near as easy as the home side may want. However, it is the home side who I am going with here.”

Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Wycombe Wanderers

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