Bolton Wanders face Huddersfield Town at the Macron Stadium this afternoon in a crucial relegation six-pointer.
Neil Lennon’s Bolton start 2016 bottom of the Sky Bet Championship, four points from safety and eight points behind today’s opponents.
Bolton have won just two games at home this season and with all their financial problems, it is unlikely they will have any funds to strengthen during the transfer window.
In fact, it is more likely they will have to sell players to survive financially, making the task of staying up all the more difficult.
Huddersfield are four points above the bottom three. They had a good festive period picking up a win and a draw, and will hope to continue that form through the rest of 2016.
In the last two meetings between these sides, Bolton have taken the lead, but Huddersfield have come back and won both games.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies three things to look out for in this afternoon’s encounter…
1) Gary Madine
The 6ft 3in forward has scored four goals this season, which he will need to improve upon if Bolton are to stay up.
Lately though Bolton’s performances have improved and they are creating chances, and Madine has the power to cause the Huddersfield defence some concern.
Madine scored the only goal of the game against Blackburn Rovers, which ended an 17 game run without a win.
2) Bolton’s Defence
Bolton have trouble scoring through a lack of creativity, but the real problem on the pitch has been the defence.
They have conceded 37 goals in the first half of the season, which is a problem manager Lennon has to address during the second half of the season, or they will surely not survive and will find themselves in League One.
Bolton have conceded on average 1.5 goals a game this season.
3) Nahki Wells
Wells has found some form, scoring three goals in the last two games, making his total eight for the season.
Wells will be hoping that the Bolton defenders will still be feeling festive so he can add to his tally.
The forward has been a key factor in the upturn in recent fortunes for the Terriers, and they will need him to keep up the form he has found so they can move away from the relegation battle.
Bolton and Huddersfield fans… What will the score be today? Will your side stay up? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!