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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Coventry City

21 November 2016 previews Tuesday night's clash with the Sky Blues at Macron Stadium

Wanderers host Coventry City on Tuesday night chasing a sixth successive home win. 

Sitting third in Sky Bet League One having won six of their last seven league outings, highlights five talking points ahead of the clash at Macron Stadium.

1. Wanderers' home form
Victory over Millwall on Saturday saw Wanderers clinch their fifth home win a row in all competitions as they moved up to third in the Sky Bet League One table. 

The Whites have lost just once in the league at Macron Stadium so far under Phil Parkinson.

And with six league victories from their last seven outings to their name, they will be chasing another positive result in front of their own fans.

2. Liam Trotter is suspended 
Despite having been replaced at half time against the Lions with a hip injury, Liam Trotter will miss Tuesday's game through suspension.

The midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the campaign against Millwall on Saturday, having won his place back in Bolton's starting XI in recent weeks.

However, with Jay Spearing coming through his return from injury at the weekend unscathed, the Trotters have a number of options to replace Trotter in the heart of midfield. 

3. Derik Osede and Tom Thorpe
With David Wheater also still sidelined with a back injury, Derik Osede and Tom Thorpe again look set to be given a chance to impress on Tuesday.

The duo have caught the eye when selected so far this season, though both have seen their first team opportunities curtailed by injury on occasion.

Thorpe came off the bench to score his first Wanderers goal on Saturday against Millwall, while Derik stood out alongside Mark Beevers in the heart of defence.

And with both back fighting fit and capable of filling in in both the heart of midfield and defence, Parkinson will be provided with plenty of selection headaches as his injury list continues to shorten.

4. Bogey team
Facing off against Coventry City for the first time since January 1998, the Whites' record against the Sky Blues is not the best having only emerged victorious on three previous occasions.

Bolton have only ever beaten their Midlands-based counterparts once at home, coming back in November 1965.

However, boasting strong home form under new manager Parkinson since the start of the season, they will be hopeful of having ended that record come 10pm on Tuesday night.

5. First midweek league fixture at Macron Stadium this season
Tuesday night's game against Coventry marks Wanderers' first home midweek fixture of the season.

With games under the Macron Stadium lights always a special occasion, why not get down to BL6 and cheer on the Whites?

Half season tickets are now on sale, with adult supporters able to back Bolton during the second half of the campaign from just £13.33 a game!

Following an impressive start to their domestic exploits inside the opening months of the season, Phil Parkinson’s men will head into the New Year looking to build on their efforts so far as the Whites bid to return to the second tier of English football.

For more information or to purchase your half season ticket, please phone 0844 871 2932, visit Bolton Central in person or click onto the club’s ticketing website,

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