Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Hull City

  • October 27, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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The Championship's two most out-of-form sides meet on Saturday, when Bolton face Hull City at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Defeat to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday extended Wanderers' recent poor record to just one win in 10. They have collected six points since the final weekend in August - one more than their weekend opponents, who have accumulated a measly five over the same period.

Trotters chairman Ken Anderson this week stated he would 'take whatever actions I think are necessary' in order to turn the club's fortunes around, while manager Phil Parkinson went public with comments on Friday in which he said he could hold his head 'very, very high' at the job he has overseen since being appointed as the successor to Neil Lennon in June 2016.

Suddenly, an air of uncertainty has started to circulate around the club and defeat to the Tigers - a club whom Parkinson managed unsuccessfully in 2006 - could well prove to be the final straw amongst supporters who have began to voice concerns in recent times.

The Wanderers boss could be boosted by the return of Pawel Olkowski, after he was forced to sit out the midweek loss to Forest due to a stomach bug.

Mark Little deputised in the absence of the Poland international, only to endure a torrid evening on the right-hand side of defence, leaving the former Bristol City player facing the axe.

One player who is definitely unavailable is Jason Lowe, who serves a one-match ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out. Josh Magennis is hovering on a similar tightrope, with four cautions to his name thus far.

Andrew Taylor will be assessed after making his return from a calf injury on Wednesday, although Parkinson also has both Jonathan Grounds and Lloyd Dyer available should he choose so adapt the formation.

Will Buckey is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury, but Bolton remain without the services of Gary O'Neil (calf) and Sammy Ameobi (ankle), with both likely a couple of weeks away from a return.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Matthews, B Williams, Little, Taylor, Beevers, Hobbs, Olkowski, Wilson, Grounds, Wheater, Vela, Oztumer, Buckley, Noone, Murphy, J Williams, Dyer, Wildschut, Donaldson, Doidge, Magennis