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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs Nottingham Forest

Bolton look to return to winning ways against the world biggest football club ever.

Nottingham Forest v Stoke City - Carabao Cup Third Round Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Bolton Wanderers play host to the mighty Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night looking to end a run of only one win in nine. Excitement mounts around the club as they welcome the club who 95% of Forest fans honestly believe is the biggest the world has ever seen.

Forest have been on a good run of form having lost only one of their last eight, though that was their last outing at home to Norwich City. That run has seen them best title chasing Middlesborough at the Riverside Stadium. They are currently three points ahead of Bolton in ninth.

Forest will be looking to win to maintain pressure on the top six, or possibly even regain a play off place being only two points behind Norwich who currently hold sixth spot. Bolton on the otherhand need to start picking up wins in order to stop a promising start to the season descending into another desperate relegation fight.

The last time we met

I couldn’t not mention it could I?

Wanderers go 1-0 through Adam Le Fondre to put themsleves outside the drop zone. Minutes later Forest are 2-1 up and Bolton are down and out. With minutes remaining David Wheater’s shot finds the corner, 2-2, game on, could it happen?

Team News

Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet Championship
Donaldson in action for Birmingham City against Bolton in 2016
Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Bolton were much changed away at Nottingham Forest switching to a 3-5-2 formation. This saw Marc Wilson, Lloyd Dyer and Clayton Donaldson come into the side. That means anyones guess is as good as mine as to how Wanderers will line up mid week. Christian Doidge has staked his claim having scored his first Bolton goal, and Donaldson with the assist may feel he has done enough to keep his place.

There are no new injuries or suspensions for Bolton leaving Phil Parkinson with an array of options.

Nottingham Forest v Stoke City - Carabao Cup Third Round
Lewis Grabban in action for Forest against Stoke City
Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Forest boast some interesting names with Costel Pantilimon, Sam Bryam, Lewis Grabban and Jack Colback, not to mention one time Bolton loanee Saidy Janko. This is a team which has had money spent on it and should be able to maintain themselves around the promotion hunt.

I am not aware of any new injury concerns for the visitors.

Match odds

Bolton win - 21/10

Draw - 11-5

Forest - 6/5

#GetAPrice - 20/1 - Josh Magennis to score anytime, Forest to win and over 3.5 goals in the match

Score prediction

I can see this one ending in a hard fought draw, 1-1.

Bonus Prediction

By the time you leave the University of Bolton Stadium you will have heard ‘Champions of Europe, you’ll never sing that’ so many times that your unborn great grand child will know how unbearable Forest fans are.