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Walsall V Bolton Wanderers: LIVE

Live updates as Wanderers travel for their first league clash at Walsall in over 16 years

Du du du, Sammy Ameobi - yet to be convinced he's any better than his brother...
Du du du, Sammy Ameobi - yet to be convinced he's any better than his brother...
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Bolton Wanderers make the journey south to Birmingham this afternoon, for a first league visit to Walsall in more than 16 years.

The last time Bolton and Walsall clashed in the league was quite the classic, with Bolton running out 4-3 victors at Reebok Stadium on April 8th 2000. Three months earlier, Bolton lost 2-0 at today's hosts - so let's hope that doesn't repeat itself today. The two sides have only ever met 21 times in all competitions, with Bolton winning 11 and Walsall six.

Wanderers go into today's clash still sitting on top of League One, despite going three league games without a victory - thanks to three straight 1-1 draws with Charlton Athletic, Southend United and MK Dons. They will certainly be hoping for better today up against 20th placed Walsall, who have only won one of their opening seven league games.

Wanderers bring Chris Taylor back into the starting lineup and hand Sammy Ameobi a first start for the club, as boss Phil Parkinson appears to have reverted from his very boring diamond formation - with the two previously mentioned players likely to take their places on the wings. Jamie Proctor starts again, and is likely to be supported by James Henry, with Josh Vela and Liam Trotter patrolling the midfield in the absence of the suspended Jay Spearing. Wanderers welcome Zach Clough back into the first-team as the little man takes his place on the bench along with the dropped Keshi Anderson.

I know little about Walsall's side, other than a couple of personal interests. 22-year-old midfielder Kieron Morris comes from my home county of Herefordshire and was once on the books of Manchester United, while I saw diminutive creative midfielder Erhun Oztumer playing back in his non-league days at South London side Dulwich Hamlet a few years ago. The Midlands side have former Premier League striker Simeon Jackson leading their forward line, and I suspect they may line up in a 3-5-2 formation, having named three (on paper) central defenders in their starting eleven.

Today's starting lineups are below and we'll bring you updates from all the action from Bescot Stadium in the Comments section, where you can also let us know your thoughts on all things Wanderers-related.

GK Neil Etheridge
RB Joe Edwards
CB James O'Connor
CB Jason McCarthy
CB Kevin Toner
LB Scott Laird
CM Adam Chambers
CM Erhun Oztumer
CM Kieron Morris
CF Simeon Jackson
CF Andreas Makris
Craig MacGillivray
George Dobson
Liam Kinsella
Matt Preston
Amadou Bakayoko
Maz Kouhyar
Franck Moussa

Bolton Wanderers
GK Mark Howard
RB Lewis Buxton
CB David Wheater
CB Mark Beevers
LB Andrew Taylor
CM Josh Vela
CM Liam Trotter
RW Chris Taylor
AM James Henry
LW Sammy Ameobi
CF Jamie Proctor
Zach Clough
Keshi Anderson
Derik Osede
Lawrie Wilson
Tom Thorpe
Dean Moxey
Ben Alnwick