Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Hull City

  • January 01, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers will walk out at Macron Stadium for the 500th time on New Year's Day, when they begin 2018 at home to Hull City.

Since staging its inaugural game in September 1997, the Macron has staged 499 first-team fixtures - of which the Trotters have won 220, drawn 151 and lost 128.

And the omens are good for their clash with the Tigers, with Bolton having gone 20 home games unbeaten against them - a run which dates back to March 1935, when City were 2-1 winners at Burnden Park.

Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson made five changes to the side that started Saturday's victory at Sheffield United, as Antonee Robinson, Reece Burke, Josh Cullen, Filipe Morais and Adam Le Fondre all earned surprise recalls as a result of a tactical switch.

Some were enforced, with Andrew Taylor (calf) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) missing through injury, while Craig Noone was ruled out through illness, but Parkinson's decision to rest both Mark Little and Josh Vela raised some eyebrows prior to kick-off.

Whether those who missed out against the Blades return to the fold remains to be seen, but Wanderers continue to sweat on the fitness of Taylor, Ameobi and Little, the latter of whom appeared to suffer a broken nose having come on as a substitute at Bramall Lane.

Mark Howard remains doubtful, so Jake Turner should continue as the understudy to first-choice goalkeeper Ben Alnwick, whilst, at the other end of the field, Le Fondre will be hoping to shrug off competition from the likes of Will Buckley and Adam Armstrong to retain his place alongside Gary Madine in attack.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Turner, Little, A Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Robinson, Osede, Darby, Wheater, Burke, Vela, Karacan, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Cullen, Pratley, Morais, Henry, King, Le Fondre, Madine, Wilbraham, Armstrong, Hall

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone