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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bolton Wanderers

24 November 2017

As Wanderers travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers looking to maintain their recent unbeaten run, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with Wolves.

1. Unbeaten run

Unbeaten from their last seven outings, Wanderers travel to Sky Bet Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. 

Picking up maximum points against Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City, the Whites had late goals to curse for stalemates against Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Sunderland and Reading on top of a goalless draw at Preston North End. 

Now preparing for their final outing of November, Bolton will be looking to extend their unbeaten run into a third month despite their underdog status, knowing a victory could see them climb out of the bottom three if other results go their way.

However, the Trotters face arguably their toughest test of the season so far with hosts Wolves winning of their last eight outings in the league.

And with Wanderers' last win on the road at this level coming back in April 2015, they know they will have to be at their very best if they are to clinch a positive result at Molineux.

2. Defensive decison

Manager Phil Parkinson must decide whether to reinstate Mark Beevers to his back four or stick with Reece Burke after the West Ham United loanee scored his first goal for the club on Tuesday night.

Only suspension brought Beevers' ever-present status to an end against Reading in midweek after he picked up his fifth caution of the season against Preston North End.

Burke did his chances of retaining his place no harm against the Royals and continues to impress in the heart of the Whites' back-line when called upon.

However, Beevers has been back to his best alongside David Wheater in recent weeks, providing a healthy selection headache for Saturday's game.

3. No pay on the day

Fans are reminded that tickets for Wanderers' trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday will NOT be available on the day of the game.

Bolton will be backed by over 800 supporters at Molineux this weekend after advance sales closed earlier today.

4. Former Wolves 

A number of former Wolves players will be hoping to line up at their former stomping ground come 3pm on Saturday.

Karl Henry memorably won promotion to the Premier League with the club in 2009 as he spent seven seasons in the West Midlands, making 272 appearances and scoring seven goals.

Mark Little started his career at Molineux, making 32 appearances between 2006 and 2010 alongside a handful of loan moves before signing for Peterborough United.

Meanwhile Adam Le Fondre spent the 2015/16 season on loan with Wolves, while David Wheater had a one-month temporary stint at Molineux in October 2006.

Will any come back to haunt their former employers? Only time will tell!

5. Late goals?

With the majority of the Trotters' recent goals coming in the first half with a number of opposition strikes going in late on at the other end, the shoe could be on the other foot on Saturday if Wanderers' recent history at Molineux is anything to go by. 

In the eight meetings between the two sides in the West Midlands since the turn of the millennium, 11 of the Whites' 15 strikes have come after the interval.

Furthermore, six of those goals have come in the final ten minutes. Will history repeat itself? Be sure to stay in your seat until the very last kick if you do not want to miss a potential dramatic finish on Saturday!


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