After climbing into the top half with an impressive tally of 39 points from their opening 28 games of the League One season, Burton Albion have hit a tougher run of form in recent weeks, earning just a single point from their last three outings.
Following a hard-fought away win over Lincoln City, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side welcomed promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday to the Pirelli Stadium, and they fell to a 2-0 defeat before being beaten away at Portsmouth last Tuesday.
The Brewers hosted Cambridge United at the weekend, and, while they were able to stop a losing run from growing, they will have been left disappointed by a 2-2 draw having led on two separate occasions through Gassan Ahadme and Williams Kokolo before being pegged back by Sam Smith.
Following their recent struggles, the Midlands outfit have dropped into the bottom half of League One recently, although they would move back within two points of their opponents with a victory on Tuesday.
That is a particularly tough task though, as Bolton Wanderers arrive as one of the league’s form teams having won six of their last seven games.
After a run of four straight League One defeats, Ian Evatt’s side turned their fortunes around in drastic fashion, winning their next four league outings, scoring 11 goals and not conceding in the process.
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The Trotters’ improvement was recently halted by a 1-1 draw away at Morecambe, before they returned to winning ways with a home win over Charlton Athletic.
Evatt’s men then made it six wins from seven league games on Saturday, as they defeated seventh-placed Oxford United 3-2 in a crucial away meeting, with Amadou Bakayoko netting an 86th-minute winner after Declan John and Marlon Fossey had scored to cancel out Billy Bodin’s brace.
Now in 10th spot with 45 points and 15 games to go, the Lancashire outfit will know they still have an outside chance of bridging the eight-point gap to the playoffs if they can continue their eye-catching form and will go in search of a third straight three-point haul on Tuesday.