The first game of 2017, the first at the Ricoh Arena since the Sheffield United match which attracted attention for the off-field incidents, the first at home for Russell Slade and potentially the first for three new signings.
That is the scenario as Coventry City take on Bolton Wanderers on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon looking to build on the positives that came out of the 1-1 draw at Peterborough on New Year’s Eve.
Quoted on the Coventry Telegraph website, Russell Slade said of new striker Stuart Beavon: ‘He is relentless with his application and work ethic and gives you everything for the entire 90 minutes.
‘His link-up play is very good, can score you goals, and he is the kind of team player we need at the football club.’
Coventry City Team News:
Beavon, Nathan Clarke and Callum Reilly come into contention for home debuts, Marvin Sordell has gone and loanee Chris McCann has played his final game for the club.
Player to watch: Nathan Clarke
Seen as the defender that City have been lacking to lead the line at the back all season, the 33-year-old knows Slade well from his time at Leyton Orient and is set to be his leader on the pitch.
Bolton Wanderers Team News:
Bolton won a top-of-the-table clash against Scunthorpe on New Year’s Eve but manager Phil Parkinson may make changes as the heavy festive schedule comes to its conclusion.
Player to watch: Josh Vela
The home-grown midfielder continues to impress and attract admiring glances from clubs in the Championship and above.
Match Facts & Stats
Bolton have conceded just seven goals in their eleven league matches away from the Macron Stadium.
Carl Boyeson takes charge of his 20th match of the season and his first Sky Blues game.
A break for City as opponents Port Vale are in FA Cup action. Bolton entertain Crystal Palace in the 3rd Round.