Four points from two home games over Christmas has seen Bolton Wanderers clamber out of the bottom three as we head into 2019. Now they kick off the New Year with a visit to bang in-form Hull City - who claimed 16 of their 33 points this season in December alone.
Bolton and Hull have traded victories in their last seven meetings, with Hull coming out on top in the most recent clash back in October. However, Wanderers have lost their last four visits to Hull and haven’t won there in over a decade.
There’s more bad news when it comes to Bolton’s away form, given we’ve not won any of our last 10 games on the road. We’ve also only won one of our last 10 matches in January - but that win came exactly 12 months ago against... you guessed it... Hull.
Phil Parkinson only makes one change to the side that drew 0-0 with Stoke City on Saturday, with Gary O’Neil returning in place of Joe Williams - who bizarrely drops out of the squad altogether. That means Jason Lowe continues at right-back, Marc Wilson will again play in midfield and Clayton Donaldson and Christian Doidge continue to lead the line.
Hull look to be playing a 4-4-2 with Chris Martin and Jarrod Bowen, who has 10 league goals this season, leading the line. The danger man is likely to be winger Kamil Grosicki, who ripped us apart in this fixture last season. They also have former Bolton loanee Reece Burke marshalling at centre-back.
Here are this afternoon’s starting line-ups. You can keep up with all the action from the KCOM Stadium in the Comments section below.
Hull City (4-4-2): David Marshall; Eric Lichaj, Reece Burke, Jordy De Wijs, Stephen Kingsley; Evandro, Kevin Stewart, Markus Henriksen, Kamil Grosicki; Jarrod Bowen, Chris Martin
Substitutes: Nouha Dicko, Jon Toral, Todd Kane, Daniel Batty, Will Keane, Robbie McKenzie, George Long
Bolton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ben Alnwick; Jason Lowe, David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Jonathan Grounds; Marc Wilson, Josh Vela, Gary O’Neil; Sammy Ameobi, Christian Doidge, Clayton Donaldson
Substitutes: Josh Magennis, Craig Noone, Erhun Oztumer, Luke Murphy, Jack Hobbs, Pawel Olkowski, Remi Matthews