However, if you were hoping for a positive then facing Ipswich is not it. Bolton haven’t beaten today’s opponents in the league since a Fredi Bobic hat-trick and Youri Djorkaeff goal sealed a 4-1 Premier League victory way back in April 2002. Our last win over The Tractor Boys in all competitions was some 13 years ago, with a 3-1 FA Cup third round win, and haven’t tasted success in nine attempts.
And to further deepen those concerns.. Out of obscurity today steps Dorian Dervite, who hasn’t played a league game since 25th August. He comes in for Mark Beevers, who isn’t even in the squad, while there’s also a return from injury for Karl Henry and Will Buckley comes back into the side on the left wing.
Ipswich look to be going with a 5-3-2 formation, with two up top in the form of David McGoldrick, who always seems to score against us, and Joe Garner. Their dangerman is likely to be Manchester City midfielder Bersant Celina, who Bolton were interested in signing on loan themselves in the summer.
Here are today’s starting line-ups. You can keep up with all the action from the Macron in the Comments section below.
Bolton Wanderers: Ben Alnwick; Mark Little, David Wheater, Dorian Dervite, Antonee Robinson; Karl Henry, Derik Osede; Sammy Ameobi, Josh Vela, Will Buckley; Gary Madine
Substitutes: Adam Le Fondre, Craig Noone, Filipe Morais, Andrew Taylor, Stephen Darby, Mark Howard, Aaron Wilbraham
Ipswich Town (5-3-2): Bartosz Bialkowski; Callum Connolly, Dominic Iorfa, Luke Chambers, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jonas Knudsen; Cole Skuse, Bersant Celina, Martyn Waghorn; David McGoldrick, Joe Garner
Substitutes: Michael Crowe, Luke Hyam, Freddie Sears, Stephen Gleeson, Aaron Drinan, Myles Kenlock, Chris Smith