It’s a huge game at the Macron this afternoon as the only two teams without a win in the EFL this season go head-to-head, with Bolton Wanderers entertaining Brentford.
Not only can we not buy a win, but Wanderers also can’t score for love nor money. Indeed, if we fail to find the back of the net then it will break the all-time club record for most consecutive games without scoring - which currently stands at five.
Brentford have drawn four of their eight games so far in the league this season, including draws in three of their last four matches.
Without filling you all with a sense of doom, Bolton have also only won one league match against Brentford since 1991 and haven’t beaten them in the last three attempts.
Phil Parkinson makes a host of changes from the team that was embarrassed by West Ham in the Carabao Cup mid-week. Mark Little returns at right-back, which should see Filipe Morais play in his actual position of right wing, with Adam Armstrong playing wide on the left in behind Gary Madine. Jem Karacan and Josh Cullen return in midfield, along with Reece Burke, David Wheater and Ben Alnwick. It’s an unusual 5-2-2-1 aka 3-4-3 aka 5-2-3 formation.
Brentford look to be lining up in a 4-4-2 (ah the good old days) with New Zealander Neal Maupay and Ollie Watkins leading the line. They have former Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran on their bench, along with a striker who’s still yet to score for them in Justin Shaibu - so guaranteed he will come on and score.
This one has 0-0 written all over it, doesn’t it?
Here are today’s starting line-ups, we’ll bring you all the action from the Macron in the Comments section below.
Bolton Wanderers (5-2-2-1): Ben Alnwick; Mark Little, David Wheater, Reece Burke, Mark Beevers, Antonee Robinson; Jem Karacan, Josh Cullen; Felipe Morais, Adam Armstrong; Gary Madine
Substitutes: Adam Le Fondre, Craig Noone, Andrew Taylor, Dorian Dervite, Mark Howard, Aaron Wilbraham, Darren Pratley
Brentford (4-4-2): Daniel Bentley; Henrik Dalsgaard, John Egan, Andreas Bjelland, Rico Henry; Josh Clarke, Nico Yennaris, Ryan Woods, Romaine Sawyers; Neal Maupay, Ollie Watkins
Substitutes: Luke Daniels, Florian Jozefzoon, Josh McEachran, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Justin Shaibu, Yoann Barbet, Chris Mepham