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Wanderers are on the telly-box this lunchtime against top of the table Middlesbrough. Thanks Sky Sports.

Even if he can't believe he's in the team - what is going on?
Even if he can't believe he's in the team - what is going on?
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It's bottom of the Championship against top of the Championship this lunchtime, with promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough making the trip to relegated Bolton Wanderers. Sky Sports, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to televise the torment.

Wanderers go into today's game without a win in 11 matches, on the back five consecutive defeats in which they've conceded 16 goals, without a clean sheet since December 28th and having not scored from open play since Liam Feeney departed the club last month. Boro, on the other hand, have won their last five matches, having lost three of the previous four.

Bolton have gone into today's game with the ridiculous selection of Emile Heskey up front. Literally, what is the point in that? The inept Mark Davies also starts, along with Darren Pratley. The only youngster of note sees Niall Maher continueat right-back in a team that is totally devoid of any width whatsoever, while Oscar Threlkeld returns to the club on the bench, alongside Kaiyne Woolery and Filip Twardzik.

Middlesbrough look to be in a familiar 4-2-3-1, with Jordan Rhodes leading the line, supported by Stewart Downing with Emilio Nsue and Albert Adomah on the flanks.

Bolton are on track to break the club record for least wins in a season, which currently stands at five back in 1979/80. If they lose three more matches - which seems likely - it will break the all-time club record for most defeats in a season (currently 25 in 1970/71 and 1995/96), and if they draw four of their remaining five games that will also break the all-time club record for most draws in a season (currently 17 in 1991/92). Also, if Bolton keep up their current defensive record they could concede a record number of goals in a season, as they are 16 goals away from the current record of 92 back in 1932/33.

Boro's win at the Macron last season was their only victory at Bolton in their last 14 attempts, but if that sounds vaguely like positivity then today's match odds argue otherwise. You can get up to 12/1 on Bolton to win, at home, and 150/1 for Zach Clough to score and Bolton to win 1-0, and more on the match odds are in Jonny's article this morning.

Today's starting lineups are below, and you can stay up to date 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 Ben Amos
RB Niall Maher
CB Rob Holding
CB David Wheater
LB Dean Moxey
DM Derik Osede
CM Mark Davies
CM Josh Vela
AM Darren Pratley
CF Emile Heskey
CF Zach Clough
SUBSTITUTES
Paul Rachubka
Liam Trotter
Neil Danns
Stephen Dobbie
Filip Twardzik
Kaiyne Woolery
Oscar Threlkeld

Middlesbrough
GK Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
RB Ritchie De Laet
CB Daniel Ayala
CB Ben Gibson
LB George Friend
CM Adam Clayton
CM Adam Forshaw
RW Emilio Nsue
AM Stewart Downing
LW Albert Adomah
CF Jordan Rhodes
SUBSTITUTES
Tomas Mejias
David Nugent
Tomas Kalas
Gaston Ramirez
Julien De Sart
Carlos De Pena
Grant Leadbitter