Date: 7th February 2020 at 3:29pm
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Bolton face an away game with a difference tomorrow.

The opponents are Coventry City, on the field they are doing just fine, in fifth place and two points off the automatic promotion spots as they look to get back to the Championship for the first time since 2012. Off the field, though, they have had issues, best illustrated by the fact that we’ll be travelling to Birmingham rather than Coventry for this game, as the match will be played at St. Andrew’s. Normal games against Coventry are overrated anyway. Last time we played them, was the August fixture where we played the kids and still got a point. Surely, with a full side to pick from now, we’ll beat them? Obviously, we wished it worked like that.

Team news

Deadline day signings Ryan Delaney, Jacob Mellis and Anthony Georgiou are all eligible after missing the cutoff point to be able to play last week, though Georgiou will be unavailable because of a pre-existing injury. Still, that should give Keith Hill some more options, but he may be reluctant to change the starting eleven after a good performance in last week’s win over Tranmere.

Facts and stats

I’m sure everyone remembers August’s 0-0 draw, a game where the result on it’s own just doesn’t even begin to tell the story. Our last away game at Coventry ended in a 2-2 draw at the start of 2017, with Max Clayton equalising in stoppage time. Our last trip to St Andrew’s was more recent, and ended in victory, when we beat Birmingham 1-0 12 months ago.

Bolton’s win last week ended a run of six games without a win. Coventry are in great form, having won three and drawn two of their last five games.

Prediction

A much tougher opponent than last week, and it’s away. Well, sort of. 3-0 to Coventry.

 

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