Bolton v Brentford preview
Last Updated: 22/09/17 3:25pm
Bottom side Bolton will hope to have winger Sammy Ameobi back in contention for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship visit of Brentford.
The 25-year-old has not featured since making his move from Newcastle permanent in the summer due to a knee injury but is now back in training. Manager Phil Parkinson will again reshuffle his side after making seven changes for the Carabao Cup loss to West Ham in midweek.
Midfielder Jem Karacan (four bookings this season) and defender Mark Little (minor knock) are among those who could return.
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Brentford boss Dean Smith also made seven changes, including full debuts for youngsters Chris Mepham and Theo Archibald, as his side crashed out of the cup at home to Norwich. Goalkeeper Dan Bentley, defenders Andreas Bjelland and John Egan, midfielder Ryan Woods and forward Ollie Watkins will be among those set to return to the starting line-up.
Winger Sergi Canos is a doubt with an ankle problem and striker Lasse Vibe is battling to overcome a foot injury. Midfielder Lewis Macleod is back in full training after a long-term knee injury but needs some reserve games.
Bolton are unbeaten in their last three home games against Brentford in all competitions (W2 D1).
The Bees' last away win at Bolton came in April 1992, with Terry Evans and a Nicky Spooner own-goal giving Brentford all three points in a 2-1 win in a third tier game.
Bolton have lost their opening four home league matches - the last three sides in the second tier to lose their first four home matches in a season were all relegated, most recently Yeovil in 2013/14. The last side to survive relegation were Crewe Alexandra in 1997/98.
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Brentford have failed to win their opening eight league matches of a season for the first time since the 1970/71 campaign. Only once have they failed to win any of their first nine - 92 years ago in the 1925/26 season.
The Trotters have won eight points from a possible 72 in their last 24 Championship matches (P24 W1 D5 L18).
The Bees have lost 10 points from leading positions in the Championship this season, more than any other side. Bolton, meanwhile, haven't led at all in any of their eight matches so far.
You've got two teams looking not to get beaten here so it could be a bit of a stalemate. I think it will be a bit of a cautious game at the Macron Stadium.
I think Bolton are just going to edge it, though, and get a much-needed win to lift them off the bottom of the table.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (11/1 with Sky Bet)