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Preview: Five talking points ahead of West Ham v Bolton Wanderers

19 September 2017

With Wanderers back in Carabao Cup action against West Ham on Tuesday night, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' third round clash with Hammers.

1. Rotation

With the embargo lifted and the Whites youngsters desperate to impress, Phil Parkinson could use Tuesday night's Carabao Cup clash with West Ham United as a chance to once again rotate his side.

With Ben Alnwick already ruled out, either Mark Howard or Jake Turner will be given the opportunity to impress between the sticks. Aaron Wilbraham, Adam Le Fondre and Adam Armstrong will also be hoping to catch the eye of the traveling Whites as the competition for places in attack hots up.

2. Reece Burke and Josh Cullen absent

The West Ham duo will be unavailable tonight due to facing their parent club. With Derik Osede out injured Phil Parkinson will be looking for one of his players to stand up and be counted in the center of midfield.

With Burke absent, Parkinson has more options at the back, Dorian Dervite will be hopeful of getting his chance to impress having scored in round two, meanwhile, Mark Beevers and David Wheater will be eager to maintain their place in the squad.

3. Youngsters

Phil Parkinson confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Jeff King, Harry Brockbank, Jack Earing and Ryan White have are all part of the traveling squad. Midfielder Jack Earing has already made his debut for the first-team, however, the remaining trio will be making their debut for the club should they feature tonight.

Jake Turner has also made the journey to the capital.

4. New Stadium

Opening for football in August 2016, the London Stadium is the new home of West Ham United having relocated from Upton Park.

Tonight will give Bolton fans the chance to experience the newest stadium in the Premier League. 

5. Gaffer's got form

Phil Parkinson 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 run and prolong his side's stint in the tournament?

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