Sorry Bolton fans. It’s not the high-profile fixture against one of the Premier League big-boys we wanted for Wanderers in the fourth round. Instead Phil Parkinson’s side will travel to Ashton Gate to face fellow Championship outfit, Bristol City.
What’s worse is that the two sides are playing the exact same fixture in the league this weekend.
When the two clubs met in the second game of this season, Bolton squandered a two-goal lead and salvaged just one point in a 2-2 draw. Now, half the season has been completed and the two teams have had contrasting fortunes so far.
Bolton, as I’m sure many of you are aware, are involved in yet another relegation scrap, no thanks to off-the-field issues for contributing to that. Phil Parkinson’s men currently sit 22nd in the table.
Whereas Bristol are sat safely in mid-table, occupying 11th spot in the league.
Bolton’s FA Cup record against their fourth round opponents doesn’t make the best viewing either. The two clubs have faced each other twice in the competition, with Bristol winning both games comfortably. (BWFC Stats)
1901: Bolton 0-5 Bristol
1979: Bristol 3-1 Bolton
Fingers crossed for a better result in this year’s competition.
After Bolton’s surprise 5-2 win against Walsall in the third round, could the FA Cup offer better fortunes than the league? We’ll have to wait and see.
But if Bolton can make it past Bristol and into the fifth round, who would you like to see Wanderers come up against?