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Bolton Wanderers v Oldham Athletic

Wanderers welcome local rivals Oldham to the Macron, searching for that rarity of your own player scoring a goal

Gary Madine - Goal / drinking machine
Gary Madine - Goal / drinking machine
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Bolton Wanderers have now gone more than a month without one of their players scoring a league goal. Today they welcome Oldham Athletic to the Macron Stadium in the knowledge they could move just three points off the top of the league, despite a patchy run of recent form.

No Bolton player has scored a league goal since Mark Beevers scored his first for the club at MK Dons on October 10th. Goals have once again been hard to come by this season, with Bolton failing to win any game by more than one goal and their top scorer not even being at the club (Conor Wilkinson, on loan at Chesterfield).

But hopefully all that will change today, as Oldham visit Bolton in the league for the first time in 20 years, when the hosts came out 3-1 victors on 16th October 1996. Bolton have had the best of these battles over the years, coming out victorious 26 times compared to Oldham's 14 wins in their 53 clashes.

Wanderers bring Sammy Ameobi back into the side, in a starting lineup that seems likely to be continuing with the awful diamond formation. That could mean Tom Thorpe starting as the holding midfielder behind Jay Spearing and Josh Vela, with Zach Clough behind Ameobi and Gary Madine, fresh from his mid-week partying antics.

Oldham are likely playing a 4-4-2, with former Ireland international Paul Green in midfield, veteran Peter Clarke - who has scored on his only Oldham appearance - captaining the side at the back, and young Leeds United loanee Lee Erwin and Billy McKay, on loan from Wigan, leading the line.

Here are today's starting lineups. Stay in touch with all the action from the Macron, and let us know your thoughts on all things Wanderers related, in the comments section below.

Bolton Wanderers
GK Mark Howard
RB Lawrie Wilson
CB David Wheater
CB Mark Beevers
LB Andrew Taylor
DM Tom Thorpe
CM Jay Spearing
CM Josh Vela
AM Zach Clough
CF Sammy Ameobi
CF Gary Madine
James Henry
Jamie Proctor
Keshi Anderson
Derik Osede
Liam Trotter
Keshi Anderson
Ben Alnwick

Oldham Athletic
GK Connor Ripley
RB Jamie Reckord
CB Peter Clarke
CB Brian Wilson
LB Cameron Burgess
RM Ryan Flynn
CM Paul Green
CM Ousmane Fané
LM Carl Winchester
CF Lee Erwin
CF Billy McKay
Chris Kettings
Mark Klok
Ollie Bankes
Freddie Ladapo
Cameron Dummigan
Calaum Jahraldo-Martin
Charles Dunne