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Big Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers home

After picking up a point at Carrow Road on Saturday and extending their unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions, Lee Johnson's side will be in confident spirits when they return to Ashton Gate tonight.

Meanwhile, the newly-promoted Bolton have endured a tough start to life in the second tier of English football and currently sit at the foot of the table having failed to pick up a point in their last seven outings.

Here’s a look at tonight’s opponents.

FACTFILE

Formed 1874
Nickname The Trotters
Website www.bwfc.co.uk
Twitter @OfficialBWFC
Ground Marcon Stadium
Capacity 28,723

Honours
Second Division
1908/09, 1977/78, 1996/97
Third Division 1972/73
FA Cup 1923, 1926, 1929, 1958
Football League Cup 1995, 2004
Football League Trophy 1989
Charity Shield 1958

Last season
League finish 2nd in League One
FA Cup Third round, lost to Crystal Palace
EFL Cup First round, lost to Blackpool
Checkatrade Trophy Group stage
Top Scorer Josh Vela & Gary Madine, 10 goals
Average attendance 14,934

HOW DID THEY GET HERE?

Just 12 years ago Bolton secured a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, qualifying for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history.

In fact, between 2003/04 and 2006/07, only Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal had a better level of consistency in the top division, as the Trotters finished in the top eight in four successive campaigns.

The departure of Sam Allardyce and a cash crisis which threatened to cripple the club saw them slide down the table and, eventually, drop out of the Premier League in 2012.

Fast forward to the modern era and Bolton – with money troubles seemingly behind them now – have made an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship after one season in the third tier.
The step up has been a painful one, however, with the Greater Manchester club failing to win in their opening nine games of the campaign.

PHIL PARKINSON HELPED BOLTON RETURN TO THE SECOND TIER AT THE FIRST TIME OF ASKING

MEET THE GAFFER – PHIL PARKINSON

Parkinson is an experienced manager who helped Bolton bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking last season.

He started out in management at Colchester United, taking the U’s to an unlikely promotion to the Championship.

Parkinson spent a brief time with Hull City before moving to Charlton Athletic, initially as assistant boss before taking the top job from Alan Pardew.

At his next club, Bradford City, Parkinson enjoyed his second managerial promotion and a trip to Wembley in the League Cup final. He also famously guided the Bantams to a shock 4-2 FA Cup win at Chelsea in 2015. He moved to Bolton in June 2016.

GARY MADINE WAS BOLTON'S JOINT TOP GOALSCORER LAST SEASON WITH TEN GOALS

STAR MAN – GARY MADINE

Madine is a Gateshead-born forward who joined Bolton in 2015 and continues to lead the line.

A product of Carlisle United’s youth setup, Madine’s hot form for the Cumbrians prompted Sheffield Wednesday to splash out for his services in January 2011. With competition for places so strong at Hillsborough, Madine was forced out on loan to Coventry and Blackpool, before he made the switch to the Macron Stadium under Neil Lennon’s management.

JOE BRYAN WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN CITY'S BIGGEST WIN OF THE SEASON

MEMORABLE MEETING 2015/16

BRISTOL CITY 6-0 BOLTON WANDERERS

Wilbraham 3, Tomlin 10, Odemwingie 53, Wagstaff 79, Kodjia 86, 87

City's survival hopes were given a major lift by thrashing relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers.

Aaron Wilbraham got the ball rolling with a simple tap-in after Joe Bryan’s shot had been parried out by visiting keeper Paul Rachubka.

Lee Tomlin chased Nathan Baker’s long pass to score the home side’s second after ten minutes and that’s how it stayed until half-time.

After the break West Brom loanee Peter Odewingie lashed home from the edge of the box to end any hopes of a recovery for the Trotters.

Scott Wagstaff clipped in Jonathan Kodjia’s cross to continue the rout, before a late brace from the Ivory Coast international forward.

Kodjia headed home Adam Matthews’ delivery and then slid in to convert Joe Bryan’s right-foot cross-shot.

City would complete a great escape, finishing in 18th place, while Bolton ended up bottom.

City: O’Donnell; Matthews, Flint, Baker, Golbourne; Tomlin (Wagstaff 77), Pack, Reid (Freeman 69), Bryan; Odemwingie, Wilbraham (Kodjia
63). Subs not used: Fielding, Ayling, Agard, Pearce.

Bolton: Rachubka; Derik, Wheater, Holding, Moxey; Davis (Danns 46), Vela, Pratley, Walker (Wellington 66 (Dobbie 83)); Madine, Woolery. Subs not used: Clough, Trotter, Campbell, Maher.

AND FINALLY...

Officials
Tony Harrington
Daniel Leach and Andrew Fox
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Betting (via SkyBet)
City 1/2
Draw 16/5
Bolton 11/2