Bolton vs Southend by Luke
Bolton couldn't wish for much better start in the new season, as the team has 4-1-0 record after five rounds and keep the first position with four points more than seventh placed Peterborough which is first team placed out of the "play-off" zone. Seems that the team has put all their efforts on getting back to the Championship, as they take their Cup duties much more lightly.
After four victories in League One, the team made a slight setback last weekend when they took only a point in a 1:1 draw away from home against Charlton. Their winning run was broken, but nobody will be very disappointed since Charlton should also be one of the strongest teams in League One. Still, the visitors took the lead in 53rd minute with a goal from Madine, but didn't keep the concentration till the very end, conceding the equalizer in last moments of the game with a goal from Lookman.
Of course that their aim here is to get back to winning ways and keep the first position in an easy fashion. Bolton will be missing defender Dorian Dervite (0/0), midfielder Mark Davies (5/0), Darren Pratley (1/0) and forwards Zach Clough (3/0) and Max Clayton (0/0).
Southend is not having the brightest possible start in League One this season, as the team has only one victory and four points earned out of first five matches layed. They are coming from a 2:0 defeat at home against Fleetood Town last weekend, even though the team looked like slight favorites before the match.
However, visitors looked more mature on the field and like a team that always knew what they wanted with the ball to their feet, taking the lead in 18th minute via Long, while Hunter sealed their victory in 77th minute. On the bright side, they come also from a 2:0 victory in Checkatrade Cup during the midweek against Brighton U23 squad, but for now it seems like avoiding the relegation in League One will be just enough of a target for them, even though there's still enough room for improvement.
Visitos from Southend will miss midfielders Michael Timlin and Anthony Wordsworth, both without performing so far in the season, while they also can't count at forward Nile Ranger (1/0). Doubtful are defender Ben Coker (5/0) and midfielder Stephen McLaughlin (5/2), both really important players for visiting side.
Bolton is surely one of the strongest teams in League One and as such, they will be aiming all season long for an easy promotion back to Championship. Southend simply doens't have the needed quality in order to stay competitive against fired up hosts. Home win should be even easier than what the odds suggest.