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

15 August 2017

As Wanderers travel to Birmingham City for the third of three successive away days, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of Tuesday night's encounter.

1. On the road again

Wanderers are back on the road on Tuesday night as they travel to Birmingham City for what is their third away day in less than a week.

After last week's Carabao Cup victory over Crewe Alexandra, the Whites claimed their first league point of the season away at Millwall on Saturday.

Now travelling to the Midlands, Bolton will be hoping to maintain their positive start to the season at St Andrew's in front of another big Trotters away crowd.

2. First league win? 

Wanderers will be searching for their first league win of the season on Tuesday night with their positive displays so far this campaign rewarded with a solitary point.

With the Whites looking confident in their early Sky Bet Championship encounters, management, players and fans alike will be keen to ensure they do not have to wait long for a maiden victory of the season or a first away win at this level since April 2015.

3. Familiar faces

Bolton could line up against two familiar faces at St Andrew's on Tuesday night with former Trotters Lukas Jutkiewicz and Paul Robinson both currently on Birmingham City's books.

Jutkiewicz, who will be hoping to return from injury to make his first appearance of the season against his former side, scored seven goals from 20 appearances during a half-season loan stint at Macron Stadium during the second half of the 2013/14 season.

Joing Birmingham City last summer, the popular forward scored 12 goals from 40 appearances during his maiden campaign on the Midlands.

Meanwhile Robinson spent the first half of the 2009/10 season on loan with Wanderers before joining the club permanently, making 87 appearances during two years with the club.

Signing for Birmingham in September 2012, the 38-year is the Blues' longest-serving player and has made 173 appearances during his five years at St Andrew's.

Now serving as player-coach, he came on as a half-time substitute in Harry Redknapp's side's 2-1 victory over Bristol City at the weekend.

If either player does line up on Tuesday night, the Whites will have their fingers crossed that neither come back to haunt their former club.

4. Injury update

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson confirmed in his pre-season press conference that late checks will be made on both David Wheater and Filipe Morais ahead of the Trotters' trip to Birmingham City.

Wheater has been sidelined since coming off injured against Leeds United on the opening day, while Morais, who missed most of pre-season with a knee injury, picked up a knock after scoring Wanderers' equalising goal at Millwall on Saturday.

Neither are likely to remain sidelined for long but Wanderers are reluctant to risk either player unncessarily, meaning Tuesday's game could come too soon for the duo.

5. Pay on the day

Whites fans wishing to attend the game at St Andrew's will be able to pay at the turnstiles.

There will be no price increase, with prices for the 7.45pm kick off as follows.

Adults – £20
Over-65s – £15
Students – £15
Under-19s – £10
Under-13s – £5

With Bolton's players and management continually impressed by the club's big travelling numbers, they'll be hoping for more of the same in the second city on Tuesday night.


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