There is still a lot of vitriol in this match. Owen Coyle will not be expecting a warm welcome at Turf Moor. There is another interesting aspect to the match up as well. Two brothers, Matt and Joe Mills, will be playing against each other. If both are picked to start that is.
Enough of all that though, it is finally time for some football, and let's keep our focus on the field.
I expect Burnley to score. Bolton's defending is still crap, as I have already covered earlier this summer. And the Clarets have some attacking talent, as blogger Adam Haworth covered with us earlier today. The only questions is, how many goals will we allow them to score. Two is my guess. That means, that in order to take three points in our nPower Championship debut, we need to score three goals. Will we? Follow the jump to find out!
David Ngog looks an injury doubt. This back problem could dog him all season, which is a shame, because I think he would have been a top striker in this division. Kevin Davies can play a similar role, but he is nowhere near as quick or mobile. Even at this level, Davies best use will be as an impact sub. That leaves it to Benik Afobe and Marvin Sordell to get us three goals tomorrow. Can they do it? I think they can. Why? Service.
Chung-Yong Lee will be back on the right wing. Martin Petrov will be back on the left wing. Both will be whipping in crosses and clever through balls for our pacy youngsters to finish. And I think they will finish.
Speaking as part of the buildup to the match, Zat Knight said:
"It's going to be a big occasion for the gaffer.
"Their fans might be gloating a bit because he left them and now is in the same league.
"We have to put all those things aside because we have a job to do as a team.
"Since the gaffer has been here, I have played in every game against Burnley. It's a feisty one but apart from Chris Eagles and Tyrone, the rest of the boys want to go into it as a normal game."
"On paper, I think we have the best team in the league.
"The Championship is more about your mind frame. You are going to play your good teams like Blackburn and Wolves who came down with us, and then you will go away to places like Peterborough which will be tough in a different way.
"If we can get the mental state right, we can go up straight away.
3-2 to the Whites. Glory again in the Northwest.