King Kenneth may well be on the way out of Bolton Wanderers after this afternoon’s revelation that he’s paid the players’ wage bill. But can the players celebrate having a little gold in their pockets with another vital three points as Sheffield Wednesday come to town?
History would tell you that they can, as Wanderers have only suffered defeat once in Wednesday’s last 11 trips to Bolton. However, history would also tell you that Bolton haven’t managed to win consecutive home league matches since 1 January 2018 - that’s more than 15 months.
Wednesday cross the Pennines on a 10-match unbeaten run, although they have drawn five of the their last six matches and all of their last three away matches. Bolton, on the other hand, have only won two league games in 2019 and just three since the end of September.
Phil Parkinson makes two changes from the side that beat Millwall at the weekend, with suspended duo Jason Lowe and Craig Noone coming in for Andrew Taylor and Will Buckley, which will see Callum Connolly move to left-back.
Steve Bruce’s Wednesday look to be playing a 4-4-2 with two big men up top in 6ft 6in Atdhe Nuhiu and the relatively small 6 ft 1in Steven Fletcher. Former Bolton loanee Barry Bannan starts in midfield with plenty of wide threat from former Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach and Newcastle United loanee Rolando Aarons.
Here are tonight’s starting line-ups. You can follow all the action from the UniBol and let us know your thoughts on all things Wanderers related in the Comments section below.
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-1-1): Remi Matthews; Pawel Olkowski, Jack Hobbs, Mark Beevers, Callum Connolly; Gary O’Neil, Jason Lowe, Joe Williams, Craig Noone; Sammy Ameobi; Josh Magennis
Substitutes: Clayton Donaldson, Will Buckley, Luca Connell, Andrew Taylor, David Wheater, Ben Williams, Marc Wilson
Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2): Keiren Westwood; Dominic Iorfa, Tom Lees, Michael Hector, Liam Palmer; Adam Reach, Barry Bannan, Sam Hutchinson, Rolando Aarons; Atdhe Nuhiu, Steven Fletcher
Substitutes: Cameron Dawson, Daniel Fox, Joey Pelupessy, Jordan Thorniley, Marco Matias, George Boyd, Sam Winnall