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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Crystal Palace v Bolton Wanderers

17 January 2017

bwfc.co.uk previews Tuesday's Emirates FA Cup third round replay

Wanderers travel to Premier League Crystal Palace on Tuesday night as attentions turn back to Emirates FA Cup duty. With a couple of familiar faces standing in the way of a place in the fourth round against Manchester City, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the tie.



1. Capital comforts 
Wanderers are unbeaten from their three trips to the capital so far this season.

Having not won away from home for over a year, the Whites ended that unwanted record at the first time of asking this season away at AFC Wimbledon.

Then fighting out a 1-1 draw with Charlon Athletic at the end of August, Bolton then beat Millwall 2-0 back in October.

Now facing Premier League Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup, they will be eager to ensure they remain unbeaten in London come 9.45pm on Tuesday!


2. Lee Chung-Yong and Sam Allardyce
Tuesday's game will see the Trotters again line up against two Wanderers fan favourites from yesteryear.

Lee Chung-Yong left Wanderers to join Palace in February 2015, having made 195 appearances and scored 20 goals in a five-and-a-half-seasons with the Whites.

Elsewhere, former England manager Sam Allardyce recently took over at Selhurst Park having previously enjoyed his most successful managerial stint with Bolton between 1999 and 2007.

While both will be given a warm reception at BL6 as they return to their former stomping ground, the Trotters will be determined to ensure that they have the final laugh at the duo's expense come the final whistle! 


3. Gaffer's got form
The gaffer has 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.

Will the gaffer be able to oversee another cup upset against Premier League opposition?

4. Gary Madine
A man who has been amidst the awards of late, Wanderers' towering frontman will be hoping to make his mark on this evening's cup clash.

With Olivier Giroud and Andy Carroll - two players of a similar ilk to the 26-year-old - having caused Palace problems in recent weeks meanwhile, Madine will be hoping for similar success tonight.

Also a key figure for the Whites in the initial third round clash, he will also be eager to add to his tally of six goals already this term.

5. Manchester City at home...
Should Wanderers be victorious tonight, they face the prospect of a televised encounter with another Premier League outfit in the form of Manchester City in the fourth round.

The Etihad Stadium outfit booked their own place in this next round of the competition courtesy of an emphatic 5-0 win over West Ham United earlier this month.

The potential fixture would take place on Sunday 29 January, kicking off at 4pm at Macron Stadium in front of the BBC cameras.


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