Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest will both be looking for a victory at Macron Stadium just to boost their morale at the very least.
The Trotters’ confidence is currently on the floor after three straight defeats in all competitions and no goals scored.
Their season began with a solid 0-0 draw against promotion favourites Derby County, but a shock late defeat to League One Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup sent them on a downward spiral.
This was followed by a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough, with the damage already done inside the opening 32 minutes, before a slightly improved performance still could not prevent a 1-0 loss at newly-promoted MK Dons.
By contrast, Forest’s tough start to the season has gradually improved. They were beaten on the opening day by Brighton & Hove Albion and then League One Walsall in the cup.
When they fell behind against Rotherham, Dougie Freedman must have feared the worst but his side rallied to earn a 2-1 win before keeping a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.
The recent head-to-head record suggests this will be a tight game – Bolton have failed to win any of the last six, but four of them have been draws.
Last season’s corresponding fixture ended in a 2-2 draw, while Forest ran away with the return game 4-1.