Off-field matters have dominated the last few weeks at Bolton Wanderers, with the club’s fans holding a protest against the ongoing running of the club. That’s with Sky Sports cameras in town to broadcast The Whites hosting promotion chasing West Bromwich Albion this evening.
Our man Will has been on Sky Sports in the build-up to tonight’s game, alongside club legend John McGinlay voicing their displeasure towards Anderson. But now it’s time to turn our attention to supporting the lads.
Bolton’s recent record against West Brom is good, not only winning the season opener at The Hawthorns but also only tasting defeat once in the last 10 matches between the two clubs. We’ve also lost just one of our last 13 home games against West Brom, and taken 17 points from the last seven league games played on a Monday.
While that bodes well, we’ve taken just 12 points from our 13 home games this season and our 8 home goals is the lowest in The Championship, and we’ve only won once in our last 17 league games.
Phil Parkinson makes a fairly odd choice by starting with Clayton Donaldson leading the line, with wide support from Sammy Ameobi and Craig Noone. Gary O’Neil returns in midfield having signed a deal until the end of the season, as does Luke Murphy. Interestingly, there’s no place in the squad for Josh Vela, who Parkinson revealed is in hospital for the birth of his child, with youngsters Luca Connell and Joe Pritchard named among the substitutes.
The visitors somewhat dauntingly name a three-man strikeforce of Dwight Gayle, Jay Rodriguez and Hal Robson-Kanu - of which, Gayle and Rodriguez combined have 9 more goals than Bolton have managed all season. They have former England internationals Gareth Barry and Kieran Gibbs and former Bolton loanee Craig Dawson among their starting lineup.
Here are tonight’s starting lineups. And you can follow the action from the UniBol in the Comments section below and on Twitter.
Bolton Wanderers (4-3-2-1): Ben Alnwick; Pawel Olkowski, Jack Hobbs, Mark Beevers, Andrew Taylor; Jason Lowe, Luke Murphy, Gary O’Neil; Sammy Ameobi, Craig Noone, Clayton Donaldson
Substitutes: Josh Magennis, Luca Connell, Joe Pritchard, Will Buckley, Marc Wilson, David Wheater, Remi Matthews
West Bromwich Albion (4-3-3): Sam Johnstone; Mason Holgate, Craig Dawson, Ahmed Hegazi, Kieran Gibbs; Gareth Barry, Rekeem Harper, Chris Brunt; Dwight Gayle, Hal Robson-Kanu, Jay Rodriguez
Substitutes: Jonathan Bond, Kyle Bartley, Tosun Adarabioyo, Sam Field, Wes Hoolahan, Jonathan Leko, Bakary Sako