Bolton Wanderers should be heading into 2018 full of optimism after an impressive weekend victory at Sheffield United brought an end to their long wait for an away Championship success.
Today sees Hull City travel to the Macron Stadium, who themselves will be confident having thumped Bolton 4-0 in the reverse fixture earlier this season. Our last five games against Hull have gone: L W L W L - so will that trend continue with a Bolton win this afternoon?
Phil Parkinson returns to a 4-2-3-1, ditching the 3-5-2 that was so resolute at Sheffield United. That sees returns for Sammy Ameobi, Josh Vela, Mark Little and Will Buckley, with Adam Le Fondre, David Wheater, Filipe Morais and Josh Cullen dropping to the bench.
Hull appear to be going with a similar sort of 4-5-1 formation, with Jarrod Bowen leading the line. and Jackson Irvine and Nouha Dicko the most likely candidates to support him from midfield. The good news for Wanderers is that the man who tore us apart at Hull, Kamil Grosicki, is not involved this afternoon. Interestingly, the visitors name three Chelsea loanees in their four man defence, with Fikayo Tomori, Ola Aina and Michael Hector anchored by the experienced Michael Dawson.
Here are today’s starting line-ups. Stay up to date with all the action from the Macron in the Comments section below, where you can also let us know your thoughts on all things Wanderers related.
Bolton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ben Alnwick; Mark Little, Reece Burke, Mark Beevers, Antonee Robinson; Karl Henry, Darren Pratley; Sammy Ameobi, Josh Vela, Will Buckley; Gary Madine
Substitutes: Adam Le Fondre, Aaron Wilbraham, Josh Cullen, Adam Armstrong, Filipe Morais, David Wheater, Mark Howard
Hull City (4-5-1): Allan McGregor; Fikayo Tomori, Michael Hector, Michael Dawson, Ola Aina; Jon Toral, Kevin Stewart, Markus Henrikson, Jackson Irvine, Nouha Dicko; Jarrod Bowen
Substitutes: David Marshall, Fraizer Campbell, Josh Clackstone, Evandro, Adama Diomandé, Sebastian Larsson, Max Clark