Ahh the magic of the FA Cup. The big boys taking on the minnows, cup upsets, and when the impossible can genuinely be possible. Another year of the cup kicks off today with Bolton Wanderers hosting Premier League side - which still feels weird to say - Huddersfield Town.
Recent form against these opponents does not bode well - we’ve lost the last three games against Huddersfield. However, we are unbeaten against Huddersfield in the FA Cup and two of the four times we lifted the FA Cup we knocked Huddersfield out en route.
We won the last FA Cup meeting 1-0 back in January 1976, and won the previous clash 3-0 at home in January 1956. Looking back we beat them 3-1 at home in March 1929 on the way to lifting the FA Cup for a third time, 3-0 at home in January 1925 and knocked them out with a 1-0 victory in a home replay following a 1-1 draw on the way to winning the competition for the first time in February 1923.
Bolton will be confident after a good run of form and two consecutive 1-0 league wins. Unsurprisingly, Phil Parkinson makes changes today, which was even less surprising given our midfield issues. Mark Howard returns in goal, Derik Osede comes into the midfield alongside Josh Vela, Filipe Morais returns alongside Adam Le Fondre, who I expect to see play in the hole behind big striker Aaron Wilbraham - who is still looking for his first Bolton goal.
The Premier League side also make changes, with a lot of their backup players making starts. They hand a debut to Monaco loanee Terence Kongolo, who’ll play at centre-back, and have a physical front three of Colin Quaner, Laurent Depotre and Abedelhamid Sabiri.
Here are today’s starting lineups. You can follow all the action from the Macron in the Comments section below, and let us know your thoughts on all things Wanderers related.
Bolton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Mark Howard; Mark Little, David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Antonee Robinson; Derik Osede, Josh Vela; Sammy Ameobi, Adam Le Fondre, Filipe Morais; Aaron Wilbraham
Substitutes: Connor Hall, Jack Earing, Jeff King, Craig Noone, Andrew Taylor, Ben Alnwick, Stephen Darby
Huddersfield Town (4-3-3): Joel Coleman; Tommy Smith, Terence Kongolo, Michael Hefele, Scott Malone; Jonathan Hogg, Joe Lolley, Danny Williams; Colin Quaner, Laurent Depoitre, Abdelhamid Sabiri
Substitutes: Rob Green, Dean Whitehead, Philip Billing, Rajiv Van La Parra, Steve Mounié, Florent Hadergjonaj, Lewis O’Brien