Bolton are set to face Wigan for the second time this season, in a local derby that could define Wanderers’ season.

Recent form

Wigan currently sit 21st and are just seven points ahead of Bolton. The Latics have failed to win in their last seven games whereas the Trotters have won twice in their last seven.

Going off the clubs’ recent form, you’d like to think Bolton have a great chance of victory. On that subject, a win for Bolton will drag Wigan right into the heat of the relegation battle.

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In the last five meetings between the two sides, Bolton are undefeated. Since 2014, Wanderers have won twice and been held to a draw on three occasions. Hopefully the Trotters can keep that up at the DW this weekend.

Wigan’s biggest goal threat

Wigan’s biggest goalscoring threat over the past few years, Will Grigg, is no longer with the Latics. In January the striker made the switch to League One side, Sunderland.

Grigg’s departure means Wigan’s top scorer this season is former Rangers man, Josh Windass. The midfielder has notched five goals this season, just one more than Bolton’s leading scorer, Josh Magennis.

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Bolton boss back in the dugout

Meanwhile, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson will be back in the dugout this weekend. The gaffer has now completed a two match touchline ban following the incident at Leeds at the end of February.

Speaking to the Bolton News, Parkinson said: “We have got to go to Wigan and put one almighty effort in our legs to produce a performance.

“We need points to close to gap between us and them” continued the Wanderers boss.

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If Bolton can replicate the effort and desire shown in their recent wins over Birmingham and Millwall, Wanderers will have a great chance of coming away with a much-needed victory.

How do you think Bolton will get on?

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