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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Stockport County v Bolton Wanderers

24 July 2017

As Wanderers travel to Stockport County for their final pre-season outing on the road, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of Tuesday night's encounter.

1. Penultimate friendly

With the start of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season less than two weeks away, Wanderers travel to Stockport County on Tuesday night for their penultimate pre-season outing.

The Whites' last away trip of pre-season, the travelling Bolton fans will be eyeing up a successful midweek journey ahead of the visit of Premier League Stoke City to Macron Stadium on Saturday. 

2. Can Wanderers bounce back?

Defeat to Fleetwood Town on Saturday saw the Trotters suffer their first defeat of pre-season, having opened with three successive victories before last week's draw with AFC Fylde.

While pre-season friendlies are predominantly about match fitness, Wanderers will be eager to offer a reaction against Stockport as they look to return to winning ways and build momentum ahead of next month's big kick-off.

3. Rotation and formations

Phil Parkinson has rotated his pack throughout pre-season, trying out a number of formations while taking a look at the entirety of his first team squad including summer signings and youngsters keen to make a good impression.

Having enjoyed success with both 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2 and 4-1-2-1-2 systems last season, the Whites have taken to the field in all three systems at various points during pre-season so far.

And with the club's preparations drawing to a close ahead of the start of the Sky Bet Championship season, the Bolton manager will be watching his side's final two friendlies closer than ever as he looks to decide on a starting XI and system ahead of next month's 2017/18 league opener against Leeds United.

4. Pay on the day

Tickets for Tuesday night's game will be available to purchase on the Edgeley Park turnstiles on a cash-only basis with admission prices as follows:

Adults (18+): £10

Concessions: £7 

6-17s: £4

Under 6s: FREE With a paying adult

Meanwhile, there will be no parking at the ground but travelling fans can use nearby ‘Booth Street’ car park (SK3 9DF) for which a charge of £4 is payable.

5. 90 minutes

Having used his side's opening four friendlies to look at all members of his first team squad in 60-minute, 45-minute and 30-minute spells, Saturday's game against Fleetwood Town saw Phil Parkinson keep a number of senior players on the field for the full 90 minutes at Highbury.

With the start of the season drawing closer, this pattern could continue for the Trotters' final two friendlies as Wanderers continue to prepare their Sky Bet Championsip opener against Leeds United.


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