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Wanderers travel to face a team against whom there are very unhappy fairly recent memories

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Marc Wilson returns to the Bolton line-up from suspension tonight against his former club Stoke
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Having seen off another promotion hopeful with a great victory over Derby County at the weekend, there’s another up tonight as Bolton Wanderers make the short trip south to face Stoke City.

Wanderers have surprised a few this season and sit in 14th position in the league, but just one point off the play-off places. Stoke, meanwhile, despite being my tip to win The Championship, have had an unhappy start to life back at this level following last season’s relegation, and sit in 17th with 10 points from their 10 matches.

I don’t even want to think about two fairly recent matches against Stoke, and we’re well overdue another good victory over them to go some way towards banishing those horrible memories. A repeat of the 5-0 win over them back in November 2011 would do nicely.

Phil Parkinson makes one change from the side that defeated Derby, as former Stoke man Marc Wilson comes into the defence in place of David Wheater.

Stoke have a solid looking team filled with Premier League and international experience, including two international captains in their squad - Ashley Williams and Darren Fletcher. They line up with Benik Afobe and Saido Berahino leading the line, with support from the dangerous Bojan Krkic and Tom Ince, while England goalkeeper Jack Butland starts in goal.

Here are tonight’s starting line-ups. You can follow all the action from the Bet365 Stadium in the Comments section below.

Stoke City (4-2-2-2): Jack Butland; Cuco Martina, Ashley Williams, Bruno Martins Indi, Eric Pieters; Ryan Woods, Joe Allen; Bojan Krkic, Tom Ince; Saido Berahino, Benik Afobe

Substitutes: Adam Federici, Peter Crouch, James McClean, Ryan Shawcross, Peter Etebo, Tom Edwards, Darren Fletcher

Bolton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Remi Matthews; Pawel Olkowski, Jack Hobbs, Marc Wilson, Jonathan Grounds; Joe Williams, Jason Lowe; Craig Noone, Erhun Oztumer, Will Buckley; Josh Magennis

Substitutes: Christian Doidge, Clayton Donaldson, Yanic Wildschut, Josh Vela, Gary O’Neil, David Wheater, Ben Williams