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Preview: Five points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Burnley

26 July 2016

What to look out for ahead of the visit of Burnley to Macron Stadium

It's a night of firsts at Macron Stadium as Wanderers welcome Premier League Burnley to BL6 in their penultimate pre-season outing. Here are five key points to look out for on Tuesday night...

1. Back at Macron Stadium!
Tuesday night's match against Burnley will be Wanderers' fifth outing of pre-season, but their first at Macron Stadium. A lot has changed around the club since the Whites last took to the BL6 pitch back in April.

Having won three of their previous four friendlies, Bolton will be eager to put in a positive display in front of their home fans ahead of next month's Sky Bet League One opener against Sheffield United.

2. Gaffer's home debut
As a result, the game also marks Phil Parkinson's maiden match at Macron Stadium since being appointed Trotters manager last month, and the first chance the majority of Wanderers fans will have had to see his new-look side in action.

Speaking after the Whites' weekend victory over York City, the gaffer had this to say about his upcoming home debut; "We’ve had a lot of games on the road and I think that has been a good thing after last year. 

"It has given us the opportunity to get the experience of standing strong as a group when things go against you, as we saw against York with their penalty. Now we look forward to two great tests at home in the next week or so."

3. New signings' home debut
Like the gaffer, Bolton's four new signings will also be looking to make their home debuts for the club in Tuesday's clash with the Clarets.

All have contributed in pre-season so far, with Jamie Proctor scoring against FC Helsingor and York City, Mark Howard saving a penalty and keeping a clean sheet against York, Chris Taylor setting up a goal against Helsingor and Mark Beevers captaining the Trotters against Mansfield Town.

With the quartet all set to sample Macron Stadium for the first time as Wanderers, they will be be looking to make a good first impression at their new home in front of the Whites faithful.  

4. Home kit
Having used a temporary kit through pre-season so far, Bolton's brand new 2016/17 Macron home kit gets its first run-out on Tuesday. 

Pre-orders are being accepted ahead of its release this weekend, with the Trotters' match against Burnley offering the first opportunity Wanderers will have had to see the new shirt in the flesh.

5. Premier League opposition
Unbeaten in 2016, Burnley comfortably won promotion to the Premier League last season as Championship winners. 

That being said, there was not much between the two sides the last time the Whites hosted the Clarets back in February as a late Andre Gray brace saw Sean Dyche's side come from behind to win 2-1 on the day.

Having won their last two pre-season outings against National League sides Tranmere Rovers and York City, Tuesday game marks a clear step up in opposition for Phil Parkinson's men and a good test with just a week and a half to go until the start of the new season.

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