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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Brentford

22 September 2017

As Wanderers prepare to host current relegation rivals Brentford, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with the Bees on Saturday

1. £15 tickets

Bolton Wanderers needs you! Phil Parkinson's men host Brentford this Saturday and supporters can watch the game at Macron Stadium for just £15 for adults and £7 for concessions!

Slow starts see both teams currently reside in the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone, but will Bolton will be determined to make home advantage count this weekend.

And with both sides hungry for three points on Saturday as they look to kickstart their respective seasons, Wanderers need their twelfth man more than ever as they look to establish themselves back in the second tier!

Be loud, be proud and back the boys! Tickets are can be purchased in person at Bolton Central or by calling 0844 871 2932, option 2 then option 1. Alternatively, supporters can book their tickets online by clicking HERE.

2. 'Six-pointer'

While it might only be September and the Trotters have 38 games left to play, Saturday's game is as close to a 'six-pointer' as you can get at this early stage of the season.

With Wanderers and Brentford both yet to taste victory in the league this year, a small gap is already beginning to emerge between the division's relegation zone and the rest of the table.

Only two points separate the Whites and the Bees going into Saturday's game, meaning a victory on could be massive to either side as they look to climb up the table.

And while it is still early in the season and there is still plenty of time to make up any deficit, three points would give either side a much-needed confidence boost heading into the final week of fixtures before the October international break.

3. Losing run

Bolton will be keen to put recent form behind them as they return to league action on Saturday off the back of five successive defeats in all competitions.

Still searching for a first league win of the season, the Trotters will be desperate to end their recent wretched run in what will be their last home game for three weeks when they host Brentford.

With challenging trips to Bristol City and Aston Villa looming, Wanderers will be well aware how important a maiden victory could be before the next international break.

4. Goalscoring drought

The Whites claimed an unwanted record away at West Ham United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night as they equalled a club record five games without scoring.

Their last goal in all competitions came back in August as Jem Karacan's looping header clinched a cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday, while Gary Madine scored the Trotters' last league goal courtesy of his consolation effort against Derby County.

Determined not to make it a record-breaking sixth game in a row on Saturday, Bolton will be hoping they have their shooting boots with them when they take to the field against Brentford on Saturday.

5. Changes
 
Having field a rotated side away at West Ham in midweek, Reece Burke, Josh Cullen and Jem Karacan should all return to the Trotters' matchday squad against Brentford.
 
Burke and Cullen were both ineligible to face their parent club, while Karacan was also left at home as he is one booking away from suspension.
 
Ben Alnwick could return in goal in place of Mark Howard if he recovers  from the neck injury that prevented him from travelling to the London Stadium, while Gary Madine is expected to start in attack after Adam Le Fondre and Aaron Wilbraham were handed opportunities to impress in midweek.
 
Elsewhere, Andrew Taylor made his return from a calf injury on Tuesday while Jeff King was handed his Wanderers debut, leaving Phil Parkinson with decisions to make heading into Saturday's clash with the Bees.

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