Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Brentford

  • September 23, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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The Championship's only two winless sides meet on Saturday, when Bolton play host to fellow strugglers Brentford at Macron Stadium.

Having both been eliminated from the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, Wanderers and the Bees will be looking to shift focus back to league action and looking to avoid setting unwanted club records in the process.

The Trotters' latest defeat was their fifth in succession without scoring - the first time that has happened in their history - while failure to score at the weekend would represent a sixth consecutive game without a goal, which would mark yet another first in the club's 140-year existance.

Brentford, meanwhile, will match a club record of their own if they fail to pick up all three points on the road - repeating the fate of their 1925/26 team, who didn't register a single victory in their opening nine league matches.

Phil Parkinson will welcome Reece Burke and Josh Cullen back into his Bolton squad, after both were ineligible to feature against West Ham United in midweek due to them being on loan from the Premier League side.

Mark Howard featured in goal at London Stadium, but Jake Turner's involvement for the under-23 side on Friday would suggest Ben Alnwick is fit to return after missing out in the capital with a neck injury.

Cole Lonsdale, Harry Brockbank, Jack Earing and Alex Perry were also part of the Wanderers' second-string, effectively ruling them out, but there could be an appearance for fellow starlet Jeff King, whose fitness will be closely monitored ahead of kick-off.

Should he fail to make it, Jem Karacan, who is one yellow card away from a one-match suspension, is likely to return in midfield, while Sammy Ameobi looks set to take up a place amongst the substitutes having missed the entirety of the season so far having undergone knee surgery.

Josh Vela and Derik Osede remain sidelined, while Will Buckley remains a doubt as he bids to get to the bottom of lingering back and hamstring complaints.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Little, A Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Robinson, Darby, Wheater, Burke, Karacan, Ameobi, Noone, Cullen, Pratley, Morais, King, White, Le Fondre, Madine, Wilbraham, Armstrong

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