Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Hull City

Bolton Wanderers take on Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend at the University of Bolton Stadium. With that said, have pikced out five

1. Squad Update

When speaking to this morning, manager Phil Parkinson gave an update on the squad prior to the weekend’s game against Hull City.

Jason Lowe will serve a one-game suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card on Wednesday against Nottingham Forest, while Will Buckley is back in contention after his recent spell on the sidelines.

2. Nigel Adkins

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Entering his first full season as manager of the Yorkshire club, Adkins took over the reins in December 2017 following on from Leonid Slutsky.

In his playing career, Adkins made over 300 competitive appearances for a combination of Tranmere Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Bangor City.

With the latter, Adkins was appointed as player-manager in 1993 and went on to win back to back League of Wales titles with the Citizens – earning himself a place in Welsh Premier League Hall of Fame.

Departing from Nanporth in 1996, Adkins went on to join Scunthorpe United as a physiotherapist, after graduating from the University of Salford with a degree in physiotherapy.

In November 2006, he took over as manager of the Iron, sparking fan chants of “Who needs Mourinho? We’ve got our physio!”

After guiding Scunthorpe to two promotions from Sky Bet League One (2006/07 and 2008/09), Adkins joined Southampton in September 2010.

Back to back promotions for the Saints under him saw a return to the Premier League in 2012.

After leaving Southampton and stints as manager at Reading and Sheffield United, Adkins joined Hull City.

3. New Faces At The KCOM Stadium

With a new season comes new signings and Hull City are no exception, as takes you through a selection of the Tigers' new arrivals.

American international Eric Lichaj joined the ranks from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.

The full back was a part of the United States squad that won the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring his first competitive international goal against El Salvador in the competition.

A name familiar to Wanderers fans that is now in the ranks at Hull City is defender Reece Burke.

Joining the Tigers this past summer, Burke spent time at Wanderers in the 2017/18 season and played his part as Wanderers avoided relegation from the Sky Bet Championship.

Jordy de Wijs signed a permanent deal at the Tigers from PSV Eindhoven.

Spending the majority of his time there in the Jong PSV side (reserves), the 23-year-old joined the Yorkshire club on a three year contract, with an option of a fourth year.

In the loan market, Chelsea right-back Todd Kane joined tomorrow’s opponents on a season-long loan.

In his youth career at the Blues, the England Under-19 international won the Premier Reserve League (2010/11) and FA Youth Cup (2011/12), playing in the same side as the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Lucas Piazon and Jamal Blackman.

4. Game To Remember

Heading back to April 2016 and interim manager Jimmy Phillips welcomed Steve Bruce’s Tigers side to the University of Bolton Stadium for a Sky Bet Championship clash.

Darren Pratley had his effort blocked from six yards out by Eldin Jakupovic and forward Zach Clough’s follow-up effort was expertly blocked by full-back Brian Lenihan, who was deputising.

Hull had chances of their own, with both Robert Snodgrass and Chuba Akpom cannoning efforts against Ben Amos’ crossbar.

In a game which had chances for either side, just after the hour mark Stephen Dobbie steps up to break the deadlock with a clever finish into the bottom left corner.

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5. Opposition’s current form

In Hull’s last five games, they have picked up two points in the Sky Bet Championship.

When looking towards the Tigers' away form, they have won one of their seven away clashes so far this year.

In their last match against Bristol City meanwhile, they lost 1-0 in the final moments of the games, as Famara Diedhiou scored in the 90th minute to take all three points for the Robins.

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