Following a hard-fought home win versus street-fighting Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup, Bolton Wanderers head away to Leonid Slutsky’s Hull City at the KCOM Stadium in a very tricky Friday Night fixture.
With the game only moved forward a day earlier due to Hull FC’s involvement in Rugby League’s Challenge Cup Final on Saturday, the game unfortunately is not on Sky for Wanderers fans.
When the fixtures were announced, this game may have been seen as a write-off for Wanderers fans, with Promotion favourites Hull always incredibly strong at home. However, an indifferent start to Leonid Slutsky’s tenure means that Wanderers could leapfrog their Yorkshire rivals with a victory this evening.
Honours are dead even between the two sides within their last meetings with both Wanderers and The Tigers winning two a piece with the single draw.
Their most recent game came in April 2016 when a doomed Wanderers side pulled off a surprise 1-0 win through a Stephen Dobbie goal shortly after being introduced as a second-half substitute.
Bolton are likely to rotate following the midweek win at Home to Sheffield Wednesday but some of those who were key aspects of that win are likely to feature.
Antonee Robinson could make his first league start at left-back whilst Adam Armstrong may come into the fray at the expense of Adam le Fondre. David Wheater could make his return this evening. Josh Vela and Sammy Ameobi both remain unavailable
For Hull City, The Hull City Independent reports that new signing Stephen Kingsley will likely start for the Tigers at left back. Whilst long term absentees Ryan Mason, Kevin Stewart and Fraizer Campbell are very unlikely to feature.
Hull City - LLWD
Bolton Wanderers - LDDL
Hull City – Abel Hernandez - 3
Bolton Wanderers – Gary Madine 2
Odds (Paddy Power)
Hull City 8/11
Bolton Wanderers 7/2
Hull City 0-8 Bolton Wanderers