A superb, unexpected opening day victory has had Bolton Wanderers fans feeling happy all week, albeit with a slight tinge of disappointment at no further additions to the playing squad on Transfer Deadline Day.
Phil Parkinson’s side now face their opening home game of the season, and the first game at the newly named University of Bolton Stadium, against Bristol City, who drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest last weekend.
The two sides shared equal spoils last season, with Bolton winning 1-0 at home and Bristol winning 2-0 in the reverse fixture, while they also won the previous home game 6-0. Prior to that, Bolton had only lost once to City in eight fixtures going back to 1994.
Parky makes one change to the side that won at West Brom last weekend, with Craig Noone replacing Sammy Ameobi, who picked up a hip injury in that game. Erhun Oztumer comes into the matchday squad for the first time, taking his place on the bench alongside last weekend’s winning goalscorer and fellow new signing Yanic Wildschut.
Bristol City look to be playing an odd 4-5-1 system with no natural front man in their side. Andreas Weimann looks the most likely to play up front, but they do have two strikers on the bench in Ollie Watkins and new signing Mohamed Eisa.
Here are today’s starting line-ups. You can follow all the action from the UBS in the Comments section below, where you can also let us know your thoughts on all things Wanderers related.
Bolton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ben Alwnick; Pawel Olkowski, David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Andrew Taylor; Jason Lowe, Luke Murphy; Craig Noone, Josh Vela, Will Buckley; Josh Magennis
Substitutes: Adam Le Fondre, Yanic Wildschut, Erhun Oztumer, Gary O’Neil, Jack Hobbs, Mark Little, Ben Williams
Bristol City (4-5-1): Niki Maenpaa; Jack Hunt, Adam Webster, Nathan Baker, Lloyd Kelly; Jamie Paterson, Josh Brownhill, Marlon Pack, Niclas Eliasson, Callum O’Dowda; Andreas Weimann
Substitutes: Eros Pisano, Max O’Leary, Korey Smith, Liam Walsh, Matty Taylor, Ollie Watkins, Mohamed Eisa