It’s back to the business of staying in The Championship for Bolton Wanderers today as they trek down to West London to face Brentford.
Wanderers haven’t tasted three points at Griffin Park in 23 years but, on the day that a Bolton side defeated the mighty Liverpool at Anfield 25 years ago, could today’s group of players find the inspiration to turn that around? Bolton actually haven’t beaten Brentford in their last four attempts and have lost the last two, including a 3-0 drubbing at the Macron in the reverse fixture back in September.
And there’s a big call by manager Phil Parkinson this afternoon, as he throws 21-year-old loan recruit Harry Charsley straight into the first team for his first ever league appearance. Blimey. Bolton appear to stick with 4-2-3-1, with Josh Vela and Derik Osede starting in midfield, and Charsley a little further forward.
I suspect we could be up against it as Brentford named a strong side and seem to be going for it. They’ve named three recognised defenders and two strikers in Ollie Watkins and Lasse Vibe, who have 14 goals between them this season. They also have six goal forward Neal Maupay on the bench, alongside the dangerous Sergi Canos.
Here are today’s starting lineups. You can follow the action from Griffin Park in the Comments section below.
Brentford (3-5-2): Daniel Bentley; Chris Mepham, Yoann Barbet, Andreas Bjelland; Florian Jozefzoon, Ryan Woods, Nico Yennaris, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Romaine Sawyers; Lasse Vibe, Ollie Watkins
Substitutes: Luke Daniels, Lewis MacLeod, Neal Maupay, Josh McEachran, Emiliano Marcondes, Josh Clarke, Sergi Canos
Bolton Wanderers: Ben Alnwick; Mark Little, David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Antonee Robinson; Derik Osede, Josh Vela; Sammy Ameobi, Harry Charsley, Felipe Morais; Gary Madine
Substitutes: Adam Le Fondre, Aaron Wilbraham, Jem Karacan, Will Buckley, Andrew Taylor, Stephen Darby, Mark Howard