Bolton Preview vs Birmingham City

The Wanderers play hosts to the Blues at the University of Bolton Stadium aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Parkinson’s men will go into this game with their tails firmly up following another fantastic win away at Reading.

The Whites have made a near perfect start to the season, something that means far more than just picking up points. Last season most teams licked their lips at the thought of playing against the Wanderers, whereas now our opponents won’t be anywhere near as confident due to our impressive performances.

In addition, there is a renewed optimism and excitement amongst the fans, something which I’m sure will translate to the players on the pitch.

Parkinson’s signings appear to have understood their roles already and are executing them perfectly on the pitch. We have a new and improved Gary Madine in Josh Magennis and despite missing out on re-signing Antonee Robinson on loan, Parky has made a shrewd signing in Pawel Olkowski, a player who has made a fantastic start, picking up an assist already, and finally Yanic Wildschut, someone who I believe will be taking Buckley’s place in the starting XI not too far down the line. The Dutchman has scored two goals from three league appearance, all coming from off the bench.

Our opponents are yet to register their first win of the season, drawing two and losing one.

Garry Monk’s side were held to a goalless draw to Swansea last time out, despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession and also notching 17 shots on goal.

This indicates a clear problem for Monk, something he will certainly have to address in training if he is to achieve the expectations of the club.

Head to Head:

L/D/L/L/L

Predicted Score: 1-1

My slightly pessimistic predictions continue with this one however, I certainly can’t see us losing for the first time this season.

We are certainly strong enough to score past this Birmingham City side although I believe the same applies to them. Though they’ve not quite found their feet yet, it is a team with great quality which I believe is capable of potentially pushing for play-offs.

Predicted Line-Ups:

Wanderers: Alnwick; Olkowski, Beevers, Wheater (C), Taylor; Lowe, Murphy, Vela, Buckley, Noone; Magennis

Birmingham: Camp, Colin, Morrison (C), Dean, Pederson, Jota, Gardner, Kieftenbeld, Maghoma, Jutkiewicz, Bogle

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