Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City

Wanderers take on Birmingham City tonight in their second home Sky Bet Championship gof the 2018/19 season. Ahead of the encounter, picked out five talking points.

New faces

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Since the last time the Whites face Birmingham City, manager Garry Monk has been busy in the summer transfer window. 

Kristian Pedersen is new to the Midlands, after signing from Union Berlin in June on a four-year contract.

Predominantly a left back, the Danish Under 21 international has already played three times in the 2018/19 league campaign, keeping a clean sheet against Swansea City in the Blues last match. 

Brought in on a free transfer from Cardiff City, goalkeeper Lee Camp was also brought in to challenge Connal Trueman for the starting goalkeeper spot.

The Northern Ireland international was named in the Championship PFA Team of the Year in 2009/10, as well as gaining promotion with Queen’s Park Rangers 2003/04 and AFC Bournemouth in 2014/15.

In the loan market, Gary Gardner was brought in from rivals Aston Villa for the season. He is now playing alongside his brother Craig for the first time.

This also makes him the first player since Curtis Davies to cross the Second City divide.

A game to remember 

Back in December 2012, it was a home game against Birmingham City to look back on fondly for Whites fans.

With 17.000 fans in the University of Bolton Stadium, goals from Marcos Alonso, Lee Chung-Yong and a penalty from Keith Andrews secured the three points for Wanderers, with Nikola Zigic scoring the Blues only goal of the game.

To see highlights of this great home game, see the video below:

Unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship

Phil Parkinson’s side are enjoying a fantastic start to the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season, coming into tonight’s game unbeaten after three games. 

Wanderers season started with an emphatic victory away to West Bromwich Albion, with Dutchman Yanic Wildschut claiming all three points late on.

With a draw coming in the first home game against Bristol City, before another victory on the road at the Madejski Stadium against Reading.

Wildschut was the difference maker again on this occasion, after Craig Noone played an expert ball through for the Norwich City loanee to expertly slot home just three minutes after coming on in the second half. 

Print at home

A reminder to Wanderers fans that tickets are still available to buy and print at home, to save queuing up this evening. 

Make sure to head down to the University of Bolton Stadium to see if the Whites can extend their unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship.

Click HERE for more details. 

Limited edition third kit now available

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Don’t forget Wanderers fans, we launched our limited edition third kit this morning and it is available to purchase online and at Bolton Central. 

To avoid disappointment, click HERE to get your shirts online and wear them with pride. 

Up until kick off for tonight’s match, Bolton Central will be open to supporters to buy this limited edition strip. 

Make sure not to miss out!

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