After picking up a point on the road in midweek, Bolton Wanderers have another big away day at another side looking nervously down at the relegation zone. The Whites head across the Pennines to face Sheffield Wednesday.
Bolton have a good recent record against Wednesday having already beaten them twice this season, in the League Cup and picking up their first league victory of the season in the reverse fixture back in October. We’ve also won 10 of the last 16 clashes with Wednesday in all competitions and have only last two of those, going all the way back to 1996.
Adam Le Fondre keeps his place up front after scoring in midweek and will lead the line alone with wide support from the returning Sammy Ameobi and Will Buckley, who’s lucky to earn another start after a poor performance at Reading. Derik Osede also comes in for Jan Kirchhoff, who drops out of the squad completely presumably due to a lack of fitness, while Craig Noone doesn’t even make the bench and Mark Little is also left out despite returning from suspension.
No prizes for guessing how the hosts will be playing today. They’ve picked two massive blokes up front in 6ft 6in Adthe Nuhiu and 6ft 4in Lucas Joao, and two widemen in George Boyd and Adam Reach. I’m thinking long balls and more long balls. The dangerous Jordan Rhodes, who always scores against Bolton, is surprisingly left on the bench alongside former Bolton loanee Jacob Butterfield.
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Here are today's starting lineups:
Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2): Joe Wildsmith; Jack Hunt, Frederico Venancio, Tom Lees, Daniel Pudil; George Boyd, Joey Pelupessy, Sean Clare, Adam Reach; Adthe Nuhiu, Lucas Joao
Substitutes: Cameron Dawson, David Jones, Morgan Fox, Jordan Rhodes, Jacob Butterfield, Glenn Loovens. Liam Palmer
Bolton Wanderers (4-3-2-1): Ben Alnwick; Jon Flanagan, Reece Burke, Mark Beevers, Andrew Taylor; Derik Osede, Karl Henry, Darren Pratley; Sammy Ameobi, Will Buckley; Adam Le Fondre
Substitutes: Zach Clough, Filipe Morais, Jem Karacan, Antonee Robinson, Dorian Dervite, Mark Howard, Aaron Wilbraham