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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday

22 August 2017

With Wanderers back in Carabao Cup action against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' second round clash with Owls.

1. Rotation

With the games coming thick and fast, Phil Parkinson could use Tuesday night's Carabao Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday as a chance to once again rotate his side.

The likes of Ben Alnwick, Jack Earing and Derik Osede all caught the eye in the Whites' round one victory over Crewe Alexandra and will be hoping for another chance to impress.

Meanwhile as competition for places in attack hots up with Gary Madine, Adam Le Fondre and Adam Armstrong already all off the mark, Aaron Wilbraham is expected to be handed his first start at Macron Stadium.

Elsewhere, Mark Little and Anthonee Robinson could be in line to make their home debuts at Bolton look to secure their place in round three of the competition. 

2. Former Owls

If named in the Trotters squad tonight, Mark Beevers and Gary Madine could both face their former club having both been members of the Sheffield Wednesday side that won promotion to the Sky Bet Championship in 2011/12.

Two of the first names on the Wanderers' teamsheet, Beevers started his career with Owls and made 161 appearances, scoring four goals, during his time at Hillsborough, while Madine netted 28 goals from 113 outings.

In the opposing camp, former Whites loanee Barry Bannan could also line up against his former side having enjoyed a successful half-season stint at Macron Stadium in 2014/15.

All three players will be afford warm receptions from home and away supporters alike if they take to the field

3. Cash turnstiles and £15 tickets

With adult tickets costing £15 and concessionary tickets on sale for just £5, fans have no excuse not to get down to BL6 and cheer on Bolton on Tuesday night!

Supporters will be also be able to pay on the turnstiles for Tuesday night's game with tickets available on a cash-only basis from 7pm onwards.

Admission on the day of the game is available at the following turnstiles:

  • East Stand Lower - Blocks K and J (for I and L)
  • North Stand Lower - Block M

Kicking off at 8pm at Macron Stadium, fans wishing to sit in the West Stand Lower can purchase their tickets directly from the ticket hall at Bolton Central.

Please note that only the lower tiers of the stadium will be open for this fixture.

4. Under the lights

Tuesday night's game marks the Trotters' first midweek game of the season at Macron Stadium.

While the attendance will not be the club's biggest, games under the lights always hold a special place in the hearts of Wanderers fans. 

5. Gaffer's got form

Phil Parkinson developed quite the taste for a cup run in the past during his time with Bradford City.
 
He was a Capital One Cup finalist with the Bantams in 2013 having knocked out Premier League trio Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic on their way to Wembley.
 
Parkinson also led Bradford to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2015, memorably recovering from 2-0 down to beat eventual Premier League champions Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge before seeing off top-flight Sunderland.
 
With the remaining Premier League sides who are competing in Europe joining the competition in round three, will the gaffer be able to oversee another cup run and prolong his side's stint in the tournament?

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