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It's derby day in Bolton as Wanderers welcome local rivals Blackburn

Captain fantastic: Can Darren Pratley finally find some form, or at least just do something?
Captain fantastic: Can Darren Pratley finally find some form, or at least just do something?
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Bolton Wanderers welcome Blackburn Rovers to a Macron Stadium filled with doom and gloom following a miserable away day on Saturday.

Having been embarrassed by a poor Rotherham United side, you dread to think how Wanderers' care-free, want-away players will fare against a side that had Boxing Day off thanks to the weather - and frankly, is better.

What makes matters worse is that Sky Sports have, in their infinite wisdom, selected today's game to play host to their TV cameras. Cue loads of negative talk about the whole Bolton situation and Peter Beagrie deludedly claiming "what a good attacking side Bolton are" and how we "have better players than our position reflects."

Despite a thrilling home victory over Blackburn 12 months ago, Wanderers have since failed to score in the last two clashes with their rivals - including a dire 0-0 draw at Ewood Park earlier this season. On the plus side, Blackburn have lost their previous five visits to Bolton, but haven't lost six straight trips to their neighbours since 1894 and Paul Lambert's men have won three of their last five away matches.

Bolton on the other hand have drawn eight of their 11 home games this season, so my money is firmly on another drab 0-0 borefest.

Neil Lennon makes four changes from the weekend, with Mark Davies, Josh Vela, Prince and Gary Madine all returning to the starting lineup. Wellington Silva remains on the bench alongside Lawrie Wilson, who returns from the right-back abyss.

Blackburn have former Bolton loanee Danny Guthrie in midfield - so stick a quid on him scoring - with Jordan Rhodes leading the line alongside Bengali Fode-Keita who hasn't scored in eight appearances - so he's guaranteed to score too.

Today's lineups are below, and we'll bring you all the action from the Macron Stadium in the comments section. Feel free to join in and leave your thoughts on anything and everything Wanderers related.

Bolton Wanderers:

GK Ben Amos
RB Rob Holding
CB Prince Desire-Gouano
CB David Wheater
LB David Moxey
RM Liam Feeney
CM Josh Vela
CM Darren Pratley
LM Mark Davies
CF Zach Clough
CF Gary Madine

Substitutes: Paul Rachubka, Jay Spearing, Neil Danns, Jose Manuel Casado, Wellington Silva, Stephen Dobbie, Lawrie Wilson

Blackburn Rovers:

GK Jason Steele
RB Adam Henley
CB Grant Henley
CB Shane Duffy
LB Marcus Olsson
RM Ben Marshall
CM Danny Guthrie
CM Hope Akpan
LM Craig Conway
CF Bengali Fode-Keita
CF Jordan Rhodes

Substitutes: Simon Eastwood, Tommy Spurr, Matthew Kilgallon, Nathan Delfouneso, Tom Lawrence, Lee Williamson, Chris Taylor