Having once again staved off the threat of administration / liquidation yesterday, attention now turns to the even more depressing issue of Bolton attempting to play football.
And fans at the Macron tonight will witness a Lazarus-esque return to the first-team side for Laurie Wilson, who comes in at right-back in place of Josh Vela - who isn't even on the bench. Liam Trotter also returns to the starting eleven, with Gary Madine dropping to the bench.
That leaves birthday boy Zach Clough starting up front on his own, facing the unenviable task of taking on the dominant duo of Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra. Lennon has also selected four central midfielders, with Jay Spearing, Darren Pratley and Mark Davies alongside Mark Davies - so I have no idea how they will line-up, and guessed at a diamond with Liam Feeney up front (hooray). There's once again no place for Wellington Silva or Kaiyne Woolery from the start. Mental.
The visitors seem to be lining up in a 4-4-2 with Freddie Sears and Brett Pitman leading the line, although there's no place for Wellington's fellow Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who impressed and scored in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Bolton have lost four of their last five matches, having cruelly given fans a false sense of hope with a three-game spell of decent form in which they won two and drew one. They've also suffered defeat in the last three league games, but haven't suffered four straight defeats since October 2014 (woop-de-doo), so that'll be a nice fact if they lose again tonight.
However, the prospect of a visit from Ipswich will not fuel hope among Wanderers fans. Bolton haven't beaten Ipswich in the league since April 2002, when a Fredi Bobic hat-trick and Youri Djorkaeff goal inspired the Whites to a 4-1 Premier League victory.
Since that win Bolton haven't beaten Ipswich in seven league clashes, losing five and only scoring twice. Ipswich's last eight wins have all been by a 1-0 scoreline, so they will probably make that nine this evening.
Tonight's starting lineups are below, and we'll bring you all the action from the Macron in the Comments section.
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