After a mixed first half to the season, Bolton Wanderers had to endure a tough spell around the turn of the year, losing four consecutive games in League One at the hands of Fleetwood Town, Accrington Stanley, Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers.
That saw Ian Evatt’s side drop deep into the bottom half, but they have since turned their form around in impressive fashion, firstly halting the slump with an eye-catching 2-0 home victory over an in-form Ipswich Town side thanks to goals from Kieran Lee and Oladapo Afolayan in the final 15 minutes.
After a hard-fought 1-0 away win over Shrewsbury Town, the Trotters welcomed a Sunderland side chasing promotion last time out,
and they stunned the Black Cats with an eye-catching 6-0 win, with Dion Charles hitting a brace alongside goals from Afolayan, Lee and Declan John and a Danny Batth own goal.
Now on a high following that thrashing and a climb to 14th spot, Evatt’s men will look to kick on with another victory, although they face a tough test against another of the league’s form sides.
Cambridge United arrive looking to stretch their unbeaten run to six league matches, having enjoyed a climb of their own up to 12th spot.
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Following their promotion from League Two last term, the U’s had a relatively slow start to the new campaign, earning 26 points from their opening 23 games, but they have since enjoyed a resurgence.
Mark Bonner’s side have now gone five games unbeaten in England’s third tier, winning three of those, as they firstly defeated Lincoln City and Doncaster Rovers after a draw with Portsmouth and a shock 1-0 away win over Premier League Newcastle United in the FA Cup third round.
Adam May’s goal against Crewe Alexandra then fired them to a third straight league win, before Fleetwood Town salvaged a point on home turf on Saturday, with Paddy Lane forcing them to settle for a 1-1 draw after an Anthony Pilkington own goal had put Cambridge 1-0 up.