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

22 February 2018

Wanderers are back on the road on Saturday as they travel to Norfolk to face Norwich City.

Looking to build on Tuesday night's victory over Sunderland, highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' trip to Carrow Road.

1. Away form

Having lost only once at home in the Sky Bet Championship since September, Wanderers will be hoping to to replicate that form on their travels as they look to finish the season strongly.

The Whites have one away win to their name so far this campaign, coming away at Sheffield United in late-December, having found wins away from home hard to come by at this level in recent years.

However, Bolton showed their strength on the road last year as they clinched promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking, often backed by a large, vocal away support.

And with many of their standout performances coming away from home, the Trotters will be eager to replicate some of last season's memorable results with every last point vital between now and the end of the season.  

2. Enforced changes

With Mark Little and Josh Vela already absent through suspension and injury, Phil Parkinson will also be without the services of Karl Henry for Saturday's trip to Carrow Road after the midfielder picked up his tenth booking of the season last time out.

Wanderers made six changes to their starting XI for their midweek win of Sunderland, and Henry's absence guarantees at least one more change for the trip to Norwich.

Jem Karacan caught the eye in Tuesday's win over the Black Cats, while Derik Osede has also impressed when given the opportunity this season.

Elsewhere, captain Darren Pratley is closing in on a first team return, ensuring the Whites still boast plenty of options despite recent absentees.

3. Former Canaries

Aaron Wilbraham and Ben Alnwick could both line up against their former club on Saturday as Bolton make the trip to Norfolk.

Wilbraham, who was handed handed his first league start of the season last time out, spent 18 months at Carrow Road after joining Norwich in January 2011.

Helping the Canaries win promotion to the Premier League in his first few months at the club, the veteran forward helped Norwich finish 12th in the top-flight the following year before departing for Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, Alnwick, who has been one of the Trotters' standout performers in recent weeks, enjoyed a brief loan spell with Norwich in 2009, making six appearances for the club in a season that ended with them winning promotion back to the Championship.

4. Jan Kirchhoff

Wanderers completed the signing of Jan Kirchhoff on Thursday but Whites fans are unlikely to see the German in action at Carrow Road.

Although available for selection, the 27-year-old has been without a club since the summer and is expected to be eased in gradually as he looks to build up his fitness ahead of a vital period of the season.

5. Pay on the day

Tickets for Saturday's game will be available to purchase on the day at Carrow Road.

Kicking off at 3pm, travelling fans will be able to buy tickets directly from the main ticket office on a cash-only basis. There will be no price increase.

Tickets which have been sent down for collection or have been duplicated will also be left at the main ticket office.

Advance tickets remain on sale in person from Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 2pm on Friday 23 February, subject to availability.


Adults: £25
Over-65s: £15
Under-18s: £10
Under-12s: £5

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