Bolton have been drawn against either Sunderland or Walsall in the third round of the FA Cup.

The tie is set to take place on the weekend of January 5. But before then, potential opponents Walsall and Sunderland need a replay after failing to find a winner this weekend.

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Their replay is due to take place on December 11 at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how Bolton have fared against each of their potential FA Cup opponents.


As things stand in League One, Sunderland currently sit second in the table, four points behind leaders Portsmouth.

Bolton have been drawn against Sunderland three times in the FA Cup third round since the turn of the millennium. The most recent cup clash was in 2013 when Championship side Bolton knocked out Premier League Sunderland after a 2-0 victory in a replay at the Stadium of Light.

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The two sides last met in league competition only last season as Sunderland suffered their second relegation in two years. Bolton just edged the results last year with a 3-3 home draw and 1-0 away win.


If League One Walsall were to make it past the Black Cats, it would be the first ever meeting between Walsall and the Trotters in FA Cup history.

However, Wanderers have faced Walsall plenty of times in the League Cup over the years. The most recent clash came in 2006 when Bolton won 3-1, with Nicolas Anelka scoring his first goal for the club.

The two sides haven’t played each other since Bolton’s brief spell in League One. The Trotters lost 1-0 away but won emphatically at home 4-1.

Fun fact: In that home game, current Bolton midfielder Erhun Oztumer scored a wonder-goal for Walsall from about 40-yards out.

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With Bolton’s form in the Championship floundering, a game against a League One side could be just what Phil Parkinson’s side need to lift pressure and build some momentum for the remainder of the season.

Who would you prefer to face in the third round?

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