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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

25 August 2016

A return to the capital, the gaffer's former club and a man in form - what to look out for at The Valley on Saturday

Maintaining their lead at the top of Sky Bet League One courtesy of victory over Fleetwood Town, Wanderers travel to Charlton Athletic looking to build on their positive start to the campaign. 

Facing a side that is also looking to bounce back this year after suffering relegation from the Sky Bet Championship, bwfc.co.uk highlights five key talking points ahead of Saturday's trip to the capital.



1. Tough opponent
Having faced newly-promoted AFC Wimbledon and Bristol Rovers in their previous two away outings, Saturday's opponents Charlton Athletic offer an entirely new threat to Wanderers this weekend.

Heading to the Valley looking to maintain their 100% start to the campaign, the Whites face a side that have looked to strengthen this summer following their own relegation from the Sky Bet Championship.

And after standout signing Nicky Ajose got off the mark in Charlton's last game against Walsall, Bolton know that a stern test awaits them this weekend.

2. Phil Parkinson against his former club
Adding an extra element to proceedings this weekend, Trotters boss Phil Parkinson will be facing his former side for the first time since departing The Valley in January 2011.

Initially serving as Alan Pardew's assistant manager at Charlton, Parkinson replaced him as caretaker manager in November 2008. 

Handed the job permanently the following month, he spent just over two seasons in the Valley hotseat, and will no doubt enjoy the possibility of building on Wanderers' positive start to the season against his former employers.

3. Can Josh Vela continue his scoring run?
On the scoresheet in both of the Whites' last two outings against Bristol Rovers and Fleetwood Town, Josh Vela will be looking to extend his purple patch in front of goal this weekend.

The midfielder also holds good memories from previous trips to The Valley having scored his first ever senior goal at the ground in last season's 2-2 draw between the two sides.

Will he be able to make it three goals from three?

4. Back in the capital
After not picking up a victory from their travels last season, Bolton recorded maximum points from their last visit to the capital as their away day blues came to an end at the first time of asking at AFC Wimbledon.

Since then the Trotters have also won at Bristol Rovers, and will be eager to triumph on the road once more as they return to London for Saturday's meeting at Charlton.

5. It’s a Saturday and a bank holiday weekend!
Wanderers' last two visits to the Valley have both fallen on winter Tuesday nights, leaving fans and media alike breathing a huge sigh of relief when the fixtures computer proved a little kinder to the meeting this time around.

Falling over August bank holiday weekend, fans travelling by road are advised to leave early to avoid traffic with warm summer weather expected in the capital - a welcome change from recent years!


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