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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bristol Rovers v Bolton Wanderers

16 August 2016

What to look out for ahead of Wanderers' trip to the Memorial Stadium

Wanderers travel to Bristol Rovers on Wednesday night. Here are five key points to look out for at The Memorial Stadium...


1. The away drought is over!
Having last won on the road in April 2015, goals from Gary Madine and Liam Trotter saw Wanderers finally put that unwanted to run to bed as they recorded victory over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. 

Boosted by claiming three points on the their travels at the first time of asking this campaign, the Whites will be eager to go from strength-to-strength with them eager to ensure they do not have to wait as long for their next away win!

2. 100% run to maintain
One of just two sides in Sky Bet League One to have won both of their opening two matches alongside Gillingham, Bolton currently sit second in the league table. 

And while it is early days, the Trotters will be keen to maintain their positive start to the season as they look to gain an early-upper hand.

3. Bristol Rovers' home form
Wednesday's hosts Bristol Rovers will prove quite the test in front of their home fans for Phil Parkinson's side on Wednesday. 

The Gas have not lost at home since November 2015, incredibly winning 15 of their last 16 home matches as they made a late push to storm to automatic promotion last season, securing their place in the third tier on the final day of the season thanks to goal difference alone. 

However, as the Trotters well know, runs do not last forever. Could Wanderers be the side to bring that record to an end? 

4. New stadium
Having not faced Bristol Rovers since the 1989/90 season, Wednesday's game present Wanderers fans with their first ever opportunity to visit the Memorial Stadium. 

Home to the Pirates since 1996, the Whites were triumphant when they paid their first visit to the Cherry Red Records Stadium last weekend. Will they clinch another maiden victory at the first attempt this time around?

5. Max Clayton and Zach Clough are back
Saturday's teamsheet provided a welcome sight for Bolton as Max Clayton and Zach Clough made their respective returns from injury. 

Having both sat out the Trotters' first two games of the campaign, Clayton remained an unused substitute as he continues to feel his way back from the hamstring injury that ended his campaign prematurely last year. 

Clough meanwhile came on for the final thirty minutes at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, and will be looking to make his mark quickly have been among the goals in pre-season. 
 
Enhancing Wanderers' options in attack, both frontmen will be eager to play their parts this season as they look to impress under their new manager. 

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