Bolton head to Birmingham on Saturday to face Coventry City and will be looking to back up their win over Tranmere last time out. 

From likely line-ups to key men, referee and the odds all you need to know can be found below.


Mark Robins: Been in charge at Coventry City since March 2017, succeeding Russell Slade. Robins had a previous spell with the Sky Blues between 2012 and 2013 but this tenure has been more successful with a Checkatrade Trophy victory against Oxford United and promotion to League One via the play-offs.


Mark Robins is determined to avoid an FA Cup hangover after their penalty shoot-out defeat against Birmingham City (Coventry Live)

Liam Kelly says Coventry were “massively unlucky” to bow out of the FA Cup in midweek (Official Site)

Jordon Thompson jumped at the chance to join Wrexham and says he would have made the switch even if Coventry team-mate Jordan Ponticelli wasn’t already at The Racecourse (Evening Leader)


At the back: Kyle McFadzean – Won more in the air than any other Coventry defender, the former Sheffield United man is a tough customer.

In the middle: Jordan Shipley – Created more goals than anyone else in the Sky Blues squad, the 22-year-old continues to impress.

Up front: Amadou Bakayoko – Sierra Leone international, pictured below, who can be a handful on his day. Scored against Birmingham.


“You’d rather have not had extra-time but then we’d rather not have had a replay. But we’ll taper everything down to recover for the weekend.

“We still have a few days to make sure we get over this and ensure there’s no hangover from it. I don’t think there is or will be, and while the disappointment of going out of the cup is palpable, you have got to move beyond it quickly and focus on the next game, which is Bolton.” – Mark Robins is determined to keep focus on the league.


Played – 22

Wanderers wins – 4

Draws – 10

Coventry wins - 8


Bolton win – 15/2, draw – 7/2, Coventry win – 2/5


Ross Joyce: Cleveland referee who has given out 109 yellow cards and four reds in his 24 games this season. Joyce’s last match in charge of Bolton was in December 2019, when they played out a goalless draw with Sunderland in a League One clash at the Stadium of Light.


Wanderers have only once won a league game in Coventry – that coming in March 1996, when Alan Stubbs scored twice at Highfield Road in the Premier League.

Despite their overall poor record against Coventry, Wanderers have actually lost just one of their last five meetings. They beat the Sky Blues at home in 2016 thanks to Zach Clough’s solo strike.

Tony Philliskirk has scored more goals against Coventry than any other Bolton player, all four coming over two legs of a League Cup game in 1990.


The site on which Coventry City’s old Highfield Road stadium used to stand is now a playground, surrounded by a housing estate. A blue plaque commemorates the old ground, which was vacated in 2005 to facilitate a move to the Ricoh Arena.


Adults - £20, over-60s, under-22s, armed forces and students - £15, under-18s - £10.


Friday: Lincoln v Rotherham.

Saturday: AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood, Blackpool v Southend, Burton v Gillingham, Coventry v Wanderers, Doncaster v Rochdale, Peterborough v Oxford, Shrewsbury v MK Dons, Sunderland v Ipswich, Tranmere v Portsmouth, Wycombe v Bristol Rovers