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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Nottingham Forest v Bolton Wanderers

8 December 2017

Having moved out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone last weekend, Wanderers travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday with confidence high at Macron Stadium. With the Whites looking to maintain their recent momentum, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of Bolton's trip to the City Ground.

1. Out the relegation zone!

Having lost just one of their last nine outings, Wanderers' 3-1 victory over Barnsley last Saturday saw them move out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone for the first time since August.

Picking up maximum points against Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City and Barnsley, the Whites fought out stalemates with Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Sunderland, Preston North End and Reading with a defeat to league-leaders Wolves the anamoly.

With Bolton's last win on the road at this level coming back in April 2015, they will be hungry to end claim their first three points on the road this season as they look to stay out of the drop-zone.

And as the Trotters face a side yet to draw this season, they will have to be at their very best if they are to maintain their recent run and clinch clinch a positive result at the City Ground.

2. Team news

David Wheater could return at the heart of defence having served a one-game suspension against Barnsley after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

Elsewhere, Andrew Taylor and Aaron Wilbraham are both in contention after successfully coming through a full week of training, while Karl Henry and Darren Pratley both avoided suspensions with their own fifth yellow cards of the season coming after the recent amnesty.  

3. Familar faces

Wanderers could line up against two familiar faces on Saturday with Zach Clough and Matt Mills both looking to line up for Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

A firm fan-favourite at Macron Stadium having come through the Whites' youth academy, Clough joined Forest back in January after making 68 appearances and scoring 22 goals for the club. He has featured 12 times for Mark Warburton's side so far this season. 

Meanwhile, Mills had made 11 appearances for the Tricky Trees this season, having registered 94 appearances and seven goals during his three seasons with Bolton prior to his move to Forest in July 2015.

With the duo inevitably looking forward to renewing old acquaintances, the Trotters will be hungry to come out on top against their former stars.

4. Discipline

The City Ground has not been a happy hunting ground for Wanderers in recent years with the Whites suffering heavy defeats on each of their past three visits.

Having seen a man dismissed in each of their last four visits, and conceded penalties in both of the last two, Bolton will be keen to end both runs on Saturday.

And having also conceded penalties in each of their last three outings this season, the Trotters know how important it will be to stay disciplined as they go in search of a first away win of the season.

5. Pay on the day

Tickets for Saturday's game will be available to purchase on the day at the City Ground.

Kicking off at 3pm, travelling fans will be able to buy tickets directly from the visitors ticket office, which is located at the rear of the Brian Clough Stand at the City Ground.

Tickets will be sold on a cash-only basis from 1.30pm. Please note, there will be a £2 increase on the day for adults and over-65s tickets.

Tickets which have been sent down for collection or have been duplicated will also be left at the visitors ticket office.

The club have received an initial allocation of 1,544 tickets for the game with prices are as follows:

Matchday Prices

Adults - £24

Over 65s - £19

Under 18s - £5


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