Wanderers travel to the West Midlands on Saturday aiming to secure their first victory of the season against Lee Clark’s Birmingham City.
The Whites secured a respectable point against Blackpool in midweek with a stalemate at Bloomfield Road, while their opponents from St Andrew’s picked up maximum points with a 4-0 victory over Millwall.
In the corresponding game last season, the Blues ran out 2-1 winners thanks to Marlon King’s penalty kick shortly after half time, but Wanderers do hold the upper hand in terms of victories in this fixture with 49 as opposed to Birmingham’s 41.
Bolton will be without the services of Marc Tierney following confirmation that the defender will be missing for a number of months with a fractured foot, while Andre Moritz is still sidelined.
Craig Davies is now fit however having trained and is in contention to feature, but Mark Davies, Stuart Holden and Joe Riley (all knee) continue to be long-term absentees.
Birmingham City will no doubt enter Saturday’s early kick off full of confidence following their emphatic win over Millwall on Tuesday evening.
Despite only collecting four points during the first month of the campaign, the Blues have picked up of late with three wins in their last four games in all competitions.
After finishing in a respectable 12th in the league standings last term, the Birmingham faithful will be hoping that their side can push for a return to the top flight this season after a two year exile.
Having introduced himself to the St Andrew’s crowd in style with four goals on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday last month, Jesse Lingard will certainly keep Wanderers’ defence on their toes come kick off.
Currently on a month long loan from Manchester United, the 20-year-old midfielder looks set for a promising future at Old Trafford.
Born in nearby Warrington, Lingard joined the Red Devils’ academy as a youngster and earned his first professional contract in 2011, with a loan spell at Leicester City in the following season.
Alongside his club exploits, he has also featured for England at Under 17 and Under 21 level.
Enjoying his seventh season as a match official, David Coote has worked his way up the Football League pyramid after starting out refereeing both non-league and League Two matches in the 2007.
Despite now being an established referee in the Championship, Coote has yet to officiate a Bolton Wanderers fixture.
So far this season, Coote has taken charge of eight games, brandishing 23 yellows and one red card. The dismissal came on Tuesday night, the last match he refereed when he gave Bournemouth goalkeeper Ryan Allsop his marching orders in the Cherries 2-1 defeat at Leeds United.
Richard Kendall and Adam Matthews will run the line at St Andrew's, whilst Mark Heywood will be the fourth official.