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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers

23 December 2017

As Wanderers travel to Middlesbrough on Boxing Day, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with the Riverside Stadium outfit.

1. Back on the road

After two home games in succession against Burton Albion and Cardiff City, the Whites are back on their travels on Boxing Day when they head up to the North East.

And they will no doubt be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result to Nottingham Forest in their last away outing, where they left the clash empty handed despite a spirited performance at The City Ground.

2. Maiden away league victory of the campaign?

Wanderers head to the Riverside Stadium searching for their first away maximum points haul of the campaign in the Sky Bet Championship, having secured five draws in their eleven games on their travels to date.

They will also be eager meanwhile to avenge the 3-0 defeat inflicted upon them by Boro at Macron Stadium back in September and, having put promotion-chasing Cardiff City to the sword at the weekend, confidence will no doubt be high ahead of this Boxing Day encounter.

3. Festive period

The games are certainly coming thick and fast at present during the Christmas period, with Wanderers having four matches inside nine days from Cardiff City on December 23 to Hull City on January 1.

It's certainly getting tight down the bottom of the table too, with just four points separating the bottom five, whilst the Whites are just a point shy of 21st position.

And following on from Saturday's victory over Cardiff, the Trotters will be hoping that their momentum continues on Tuesday afternoon.

4. Former Middlesbrough men

A number of Trotters stars could face their former club on Tuesday as Wanderers travel to the Riverside Stadium.

David Wheater came up through the youth ranks with Middlesbrough and went on to spend seven years with the club as a professional before moving to Wanderers in January 2011.

His fellow defender Andrew Taylor meanwhile is also a product of Boro's academy set-up, with the 31-year-old remaining at the club until the summer of 2011 before moving on to Cardiff City.

Sammy Ameobi also enjoyed a brief loan spell with them back in 2013.

5. Pay on the day

Tickets for Wanderers' Boxing Day trip to Middlesbrough will be available on the day of the game.

Bolton supporters will be able to buy tickets directly from the Visitors' Ticket Office, which is located just by the away turnstiles at the Riverside Stadium.

Tickets will be sold on a cash only basis from 1pm and there will be no price increase on the day.

Any supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Middlesbrough for collection or have their tickets duplicated, will also be left at the Visitors' Ticket Office.

Prices

Adults - £30
Over-65s - £20
Under-18s - £17


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