Preview: Five talking points ahead of Northampton Town v Bolton Wanderers previews Saturday's clash with the Cobblers at Sixfields Stadium

Wanderers travel to Sixfields Stadium for the first time as they take on Northampton Town on Saturday.

Sitting third in Sky Bet League One having won seven of their last eight league outings, highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' trip to Northamptonshire.

1. First trip to Sixfields
Having not locked horns with Northampton Town in league football since February 1990, Saturday's game marks Wanderers' first ever visit to Sixfields Stadium.

The Whites have already visited two new grounds so far this season, recording victories over both AFC Wimbledon and Bristol Rovers.

Can they make it three from three on Saturday?

2. Big away following 
Bolton are set to be backed by yet another big away following this weekend.

The Trotters were handed an initial allocation of 944 tickets for the game, with well over 800 sold by Tuesday afternoon.

Having been at their vocal best up and down the country so far this season, the Club's travelling supporters will be expected to provide more of the same come 3pm on Saturday!

3. Eight wins from nine?
Wanderers come into Saturday's clash with Northampton having won seven of their last eight league outings.

Sitting third in Sky Bet League One as a result, Phil Parkinson has spoken of his desire for the Whites to maintain this form for as long as possible as they continue to forge a promotion push.

With eyes firmly set on climbing the table even more, will Bolton be able to make it eight wins from nine this weekend?

4. Ben Alnwick
With Mark Howard currently sidelined because of injury, Ben Alnwick has grabbed his opportunity with both hands in recent weeks.

The shot-stopper has been in impressive form, keeping successive clean sheets in the Trotters' back-to-back home victories over Millwall and Coventry City.

Yet to concede at Macron Stadium, Alnwick is yet to be beaten from open play in games he's started for Wanderers.

And with the Whites boasting the best defence in the division having conceded just 12 goals all year, will Alnwick be able to make it three clean sheets in a row on Saturday? 

5. An away win
While meetings between these two sides are rare occurances, history has often smiled on the away side when Bolton face the Cobblers.

Clashing 11 times in total, each team has won five games each with the Trotters emerging 2-0 victors the last time they visited Northampton back in February 1990.

The last four ties have all ended in away wins, while Town can only boast two home successes over Wanderers to their name.

More of the same on Saturday please, Whites!

Half season tickets are now on sale, with adult supporters able to back Bolton during the second half of the campaign from just £13.33 a game!

Following an impressive start to their domestic exploits inside the opening months of the season, Phil Parkinson’s men will head into the New Year looking to build on their efforts so far as the Whites bid to return to the second tier of English football.

For more information or to purchase your half season ticket, please phone 0844 871 2932, visit Bolton Central in person or click onto the club’s ticketing website,

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