Takeover chaos continues at Bolton Wanderers, and the midst of it their players have yet again not been paid on time. This afternoon, those players make the journey south to West London to take on Queens Park Rangers.
Relegation to League One is almost a certainty, with Wanderers eight points from safety and a much inferior goal difference. But there still could be a chance if they were to pick up a win at Loftus Road today.
And today’s game sees the two sides with The Championship’s lowest points totals in 2019 go head-to-head. Bolton have 7, QPR have less with just 6. So a classic, this does not look likely to be. However, QPR are unbeaten in their last seven clashes against Wanderers, winning five of those meetings including the last two. However, Bolton had gone unbeaten in the previous seven clashes between the two - so maybe there’s hope in that trend!
Phil Parkinson looks to be going with a 4-3-3 today, with the lethal wing support of Sammy Ameobi and Will Buckley providing support to Josh ‘Can only score goals for Northern Ireland’ Magennis - who, by the way, has gone 30 matches without a league since playing at home to QPR in September. Callum Conolly will play in midfield with Andrew Taylor at left-back and David Wheater into the side. Remi Matthews retains his place despite the catastrophic error in the inexcusable omni-shambles at Wigan Athletic.
QPR have named three centre-backs in their starting eleven, so I expect one to play as a holding midfielder - potentially Jake Bidwell. Tomer Hemed starts up top with wide support from Luke Freeman and Bright Osayi-Samuel. I’m a little surprised not to see starts for Eberechi Eze and Nahki Wells, who are both on the bench.
Here are today’s starting line-ups. You can follow all the action from Loftus Road in the Comments section below.
Queens Park Rangers: Joe Lumley; Angel Rangel, Grant Hall, Joel Lynch, Pawl Wszolek; Jake Bidwell; Massimo Luongo, Josh Scowen; Luke Freeman, Bright Osayi-Samuel; Tomer Hemed
Substitutes: Nahki Wells, Toni Leistner, Matt Ingram, Eberechi Eze, Matt Smith, Jordan Cousins, Darnell Furlong
Bolton Wanderers: Remi Matthews; Pawel Olkoswki, David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Andrew Taylor; Gary O’Neil, Callum Connolly, Joe Williams; Sammy Ameobi, Will Buckley; Josh Magennis
Substitutes: Clayton Donaldson, Erhun Oztumer, Craig Noone, Luca Connell, Mark Little, Marc Wilson, Ben Alnwick