Date: 24th August 2017 at 11:28pm
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After a midweek cup win where some of the fringe players did themselves a whole lot of good, Bolton can travel to Hull for a Friday night game with that little more a shot in the arm than of we were coming straight off last Saturday`s defeat. With an international ‘break` meaning we won`t see another Wanderers game for 15 days after this one, it does increase the importance of a good result, but Hull have already put Burton to the sword at the KCOM.

The Friday night kick-off is due to Hull FC’s involvement in Saturday’s rugby Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

Vital Quotes:

“We need to build on Tuesday night against Sheffield Wednesday because that was a cracking cup tie. It was a terrific game for us as well in terms of a boost to our confidence and belief because there were some good performances and I`ve got some interesting team selection dilemmas.”

Phil Parkinson speaking to the club in-house media. Maybe he will make some changes.

Hull City Team News:

New signing Steven Kingsley is likely to come in at left-back after signing from Swansea, while Sam Clucas has left the club, heading the opposite direction. Another new recruit, Jon Toral, should also be in the squad. Frazier Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Abel Hernandez, Markus Henriksen, Evandro and David Marshall are all out injured, with Ryan Mason, Will Keane and Moses Odubajo all suffering from longer-term problems.

Player to watch: Jarrod Bowen

His start to the season has been, wait for it, super smashing great. Hull have had a lack of depth, which has helped the 20-year-old get regular football at the start of this campaign. He scored his first goal for the Tigers with an opening day equaliser away to Aston Villa, and has already notched up a second. Expect him to operate in the wide areas.

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

David Wheater should be fit to return to action, and it`s a case of whether the likes of Derik and Antonee Robinson are handed league starts after their performances in midweek. Josh Vela and Sammy Ameobi remain unavailable.

Player to watch: Darren Pratley

One to watch in that his place is surely under threat. Derik and Will Buckley did well in midweek, and when Pratley came on, we actually nearly threw the tie away. Derik would certainly be a good choice in this game, to break stuff up. If Pratley gets the nod, he had better step up his level.

Match Facts & Stats

Bolton won in their first game at the KCOM back in 2008, but have gone on to lose in all three of their subsequent visits there (2009, 2012, 2015)

Last season, both teams won their respective home games against each other 1-0. The win at the Macron remains our last Championship win.

Bolton have not won a Championship game in August since 2012.

Bolton have drawn both their away league games, while Hull have won one and lost one of their home games.

Match Prediction:

Hull have their problems, lots of injuries and a disconnect between owners and fanbase. But they`ll still put out a decent team which can find the back of the net, which might be just too much for us. A 1-0 defeat I reckon.

Next Fixtures:

A Macron double after a weekend off. Middlesbrough are the visitors on Saturday, before we take on Sheffield United and their 10 zillion fans three days later.

 

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