Bolton Wanderers face another tough challenge on the road today as they make the trip down to South Wales to face Swansea City.
The Whites put in a spirited performance at Leeds United - who demolished West Brom last night, by the way - but just tailed off in the second half. And they’ll be hoping for a similar effort as they travel to one of last season’s relegated Premier League sides.
This is only the 36th meeting between these two famous old clubs, with Bolton on top with 13 wins, 11 draws and 11 defeats. However, Bolton have failed to win the last three league meetings having gone unbeaten in their previous nine meetings. Although we’ve only lost twice to Swansea since 1988.
Phil Parkinson names an odd looking starting eleven, in what seems to be 4-4-2 with one of the most lightweight midfields you’re likely to see. The good news is that Luca Connell returns to the side after injury and looks to be partnering Gary O’Neil in midfield, with Sammy Ameobi and Craig Noone wide in support of two strikers in Clayton Donaldson - who was atrocious at Leeds - and Josh Magennis - who missed an early sitter in that game. There’s no place in the squad for Josh Vela nor is there a striker on the bench, with attacking ‘threat’ from Will Buckley and Joe Pritchard.
Swansea name a strong starting line-up including 15-goal striker Oli McBurnie. He’s supported by the lightning fast Wales international Daniel James and wide threat from 34-year-old Wayne Routledge and 31-year-old Nathan Dyer.
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Swansea City: Kristoffer Nordfeldt; Kyle Naughton, Mike Van Der Hoorn, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Connor Roberts; George Byers, Matt Grimes; Wayne Routledge, Daniel James, Nathan Dyer; Oli McBurnie
Substitutes: Erwin Mulder, Bersant Celina, Barrie McKay, Declan John, Jay Fulton, Courtney Baker-Richardson, Cian Harries
Bolton Wanderers: Remi Matthews; Pawel Olkowski, David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Callum Connolly; Sammy Ameobi, Gary O’Neil, Luca Connell, Craig Noone; Josh Magennis, Clayton Donaldson
Substitutes: Will Buckley, Joe Pritchard, Luke Murphy, Jack Hobbs, Lloyd Dyer, Mark Little, Ben Williams