Bolton Wanderers will look to build on a vital midweek win against Birmingham City as they welcome promotion chasing Norwich City to the University of Bolton Stadium this afternoon.
Bolton could draw level with Reading and Rotherham on 29 points with victory this afternoon, while Norwich could bounce back to the top of the table with a point.
Today’s clash sees The Championship’s best away record take on the worst home record in the league, so on paper it should be no contest. But hopefully the midweek performance will spur Bolton’s players on.
But our recent record against Norwich doesn’t bode well, having only beaten them once in our last seven attempts - although that win did come in this fixture last season.
Phil Parkinson makes a couple of changes with Josh Vela and Luke Murphy coming into the side. Clayton Donaldson and Josh Magennis both stay in the side, which suggests two up top, but the rest of the team doesn’t. Callum Connolly could start at left-back or in midfield, with Jason Lowe dropping into defence, but I suspect the former in a 4-3-3 formation.
Norwich start with top scorer Teemu Pukki up top supported wide by Onel Hernandez and Emi Buendia and Marco Stipermann centrally. They have former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Moritz Leitner and the dangerous Jordan Rhodes on the bench.
Here are this afternoon’s starting lineups. You can follow all the action from the UniBol in the Comments section below.
Bolton Wanderers (4-3-3): Remi Matthews; Pawel Olkowski, David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Callum Connolly; Jason Lowe, Luke Murphy, Josh Vela; Clayton Donaldson, Josh Magennis, Craig Noone
Substitutes: Connor Hall, Joe Pritchard, Will Buckley, Sammy Ameobi, Joe Williams, Mark Little, Ben Williams
Norwich City (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Max Aaarons, Christoph Zimmerman, Ben Godfrey, Jamal Lewis; Tom Trybull, Kenny McLean; Emi Buendia, Marco Stiepermann, Onel Hernandez; Teemu Pukki
Substitutes: Michael McGovern, Jordan Rhodes, Moritz Leitner, Timm Klose, Grant Hanley, Todd Cantwell, Dennis Srbeny