Team News: Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

  • January 25, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Bristol City on Friday evening, with both clubs looking to achieve something they last managed in 2001.

After overcoming Walsall and Huddersfield Town, respectively, in the third round of the FA Cup, the Championship rivals meet at Ashton Gate to see who will secure a place in the last 16 of the competition.

The Robins last reached round five back in the 2000/01 campaign, when they did so with victory in a replay over Kingstonian, while Wanderers - who reached the semi-final stage in 2010/11 - haven't progressed into the fifth round as a non-Premier League club since 2001.

With one eye on Tuesday's relegation six-pointer against Reading, Trotters boss Phil Parkinson is expected to make several changes as he looks to make amends for a 2-1 defeat on the same ground less than a fortnight ago.

Josh Magennis came in from the cold to net a hat-trick in the third-round win over Walsall and is expected to start, with Clayton Donaldson and Connor Hall the only other attacking options available for selection following Christian Doidge's return to Forest Green Rovers.

Josh Vela could be recalled after missing Monday's defeat to West Bromwich Albion due to the birth of his first child, although Joe Pritchard and Luca Connell are both on alert after making their senior debuts since the turn of the year.

Like Magennis, Luke Murphy took his opportunity in the last round - returning from a four month exile - and has started in each of the club's last two league games as a result.

Erhun Oztumer may be afforded the same chance, having fallen behind the likes of Jason Lowe and Gary O'Neil in the pecking order.

Joe Williams and Yanic Wildschut remain sidelined, while one further change could see Remi Matthews deputise for Ben Alnwick in goal as he looks to rest up following a minor hip complaint.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Matthews, B Williams, Turner, Little, Taylor, Beevers, Hobbs, Olkowski, Wilson, Grounds, Wheater, Lowe, Vela, Oztumer, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Murphy, O'Neil, Dyer, Pritchard, Connell, Donaldson, Magennis, Hall

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