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Two in a Row? Bolton Preview

The third game of the busy festive period sees Lee Clark’s patched up Blues travel to Bolton to face Dougie Freedman’s Bolton Wanderers. Both sides are in the bottom half of the Championship and will be looking for three points to help pull themselves clear.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton are going through an indifferent spell of form at the moment, with two wins in their last six games and seven points from a possible 18. They lie three places above Blues on goal difference, having scored four more goals than Birmingham City have. Bolton’s last game saw them fail to score for the first time in nine games and in that sequence they’ve only kept one clean sheet.

Bolton have a few injury problems with midfielder Keith Andrews and strikers David Ngog (who will be remembered for a dive against Blues in his Liverpool days) and Benik Afobe all doubts. Mark Davies, Matt Mills, Stuart Holden, Josh Vela and David Wheater are all out injured.


After a much-needed win at Barnsley Blues have another opportunity to make it back to back wins for the first time this season. However, they will have to do it with an even more depleted squad with Will Packwood continuing to miss out with flu whilst Ravel Morrison has picked up an ankle knock. Jonathan Spector is an outside chance to come in to the side after injury, and one would think if he did make it Robinson would move to left back with Mitch Hancox dropping to the bench. However, if Spector doesn’t make it, it means another youngster will have to be called into the squad with Josh Hawker the likely candidate.

It will be interesting to see if Clark changes things up front; by all accounts Nathan Redmond had a torrid time at Oakwell and he could be replaced either with Chris Burke or Clark might choose to go two up front and give Jake Jervis his league bow in a Blues shirt.

The way things currently stand with the side I’d happily take a draw as it would leave us unbeaten in four; however this is another good opportunity to take points against a struggling side and the hope is that the morale boost of a victory at Barnsley might spur the young guns on further.

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3 Responses to “Two in a Row? Bolton Preview”

  • Ali Duncan says:

    I’m with you, a draw would be a good result. Would love to see Jervis start with Ziggy. I saw him in a pre-season at (I think Gillingham) a few years ago and he looked sharp and quick.

    Pissed I’m not going but £74 return from London was a little too rich for my blood. Always a game I’d do but sadly priced out – bloody Christmas rail un-fairs(sic)


  • Paul Carter - The Festive Voice Of Reason he says:

    Morning lads

    Just up and buzzing about this trip. I really can’t see a win here though and a draw is more likely. I’d be more than happy with either what with Cardiff coming up. Think we’ve got about 1000 going which is great even if we do have to share the Manc train with the yam yams. Saying that there’s never real hassle with the Albion but if we were sharing trains with Wolvo that would be a different matter.

    I’d put Burke behind Ziggy as I don’t rate Jervis at all and you never know. Our backs are firmly against the wall at the minute but sometimes that can galvanise a team. An early goal would be nice.

    Laters lads.

  • Art Watson says:


    Putting aside the current on the field problems and the real threat of relegation how will we know if all of the money generated from the sale of players will actually go towards the running costs of the club

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