Following on from the narrow 2-1 defeat to Leeds United in the Carabao Cup, Bolton Wanderers return to league action to face Reading at The Madejski.
The Royals have started the season poorly, and currently sit bottom of The Championship after defeats to Derby County and Nottingham Forest respectively. They did however grab their first win in the cup against Birmingham City in the week, so that might be the result to kick start their season.
Reading haven’t lost their first three league games since the 1959/1960 season.
Wanderers’ record against Reading in the last few years has been less than encouraging. In their last eight meetings, Bolton have lost three and drawn five. Their last win against Reading was way back in February 2008, when goals from Kevin Nolan and Heiðar Helguson resulted in a 2-0 victory at The Madejski.
Bolton haven’t beat Reading in The Championship since October 1996, a game in which Parky was playing for The Royals.
Phil Parkinson’s record against the side where he spent eleven years as a player also isn’t too great. Parky has faced Reading five times, drawing four & losing once.
Having made ten changes midweek, Parky is likely to revert to a starting line up that’s similar to the one that faced Bristol City last weekend.
Changes may occur in defence and midfield. Jonathan Grounds may replace Andrew Taylor, whilst Marc Wilson & Jack Hobbs both put in respectable performances at centre half against Leeds.
After scoring on his debut, Erhun Oztumer could be in line to make his first league appearance for Wanderers, as is Clayton Donaldson.
Connor Hall might make the bench in place of Adam Le Fondre, who has of course left to sign for Sydney FC.
Sammy Ameobi still remains the only doubt for Bolton.
Reading are facing a crisis with injuries. Paul Clement may be forced to play certain players out of position, with nearly all of his wingers unavailable. Sone Aluko, Jordan Obita, Callum Harriott and Garath McCleary are just some of the players out injured.
One time Wanderers trialist Mo Barrow might be available, despite coming off injured against Birmingham on Tuesday.
Wanderers remain the outsiders to grab the win, despite their unbeaten start to the season.
Last season, Wanderers came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw. This time around, I think they might just get the win they’ve not managed against The Royals for a decade.
Reading 1-2 Bolton Wanderers