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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Peterborough United v Bolton Wanderers

11 November 2016

bwfc.co.uk previews Sunday's lunchtime trip to the ABAX Stadium

Wanderers travel to Peterborough United on Sunday lunchtime looking to bounce back after their midweek Checkatrade Trophy exit. Returning to league action after successive cup outings, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' trip to the ABAX Stadium.



1. Sunday lunchtime
It may be an international weekend for Premier League and Sky Bet Championship clubs, but not for Wanderers as they travel to Peterborough United on Sunday.

No traditional 3pm start either as the Whites take on the Posh in the lunchtime kick-off with proceedings starting at 12.15pm.

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with both clubs uniting alongside the rest of the EFL to pay tribute to fallen servicemen, women and former players as part of Remembrance Sunday commemorations and the First World War Centenary prior to kick-off.

If you're overcoming an early start to attend the game, you are advised to avoid Cathedral Square in Peterborough City Centre for parking due to their Remembrance Day Parade.

Safe trip, Bolton fans.

2. Expect goals!
This weekend's game will be only the fifth time the Trotters have travelled to the ABAX Stadium, with their first away meeting with Peterborough only taking place in January 1988.

However, despite a lack of historical clashes between the two sides, one thing you can normally count on when Wanderers travel to the Posh is goals!

There have been an incredible 19 strikes shared from their previous four meetings at the ground, with only one of those fixtures boasting less than four goals!

The Whites picked up a 4-0 win in their first visit as well as 3-2 victory in April 1994, while Peterborough recorded a measly 1-0 success in February 1994 before triumphing 5-4 in the most recent clash in December 2012.

And with the game being televised, if history can repeat itself you are sure to be entertained whether in person at the ground or by tuning in while feasting on your Sunday roast!

3. Max Clayton
Max Clayton is back! Sidelined since the end of pre-season, the forward made his long-awaited return from injury in midweek against Cheltenham Town, taking to the field alongside Zach Clough for the first time in the process.

While Bolton will be relucant to rush the former England international, it was a welcome sight to see him back on the field and he will be eager to make up for lost time as the Trotters look to maintain their strong start to the season.

But it's not just the forward back in first team action. Tom Thorpe could return ahead of schedule while Jay Spearing is also making good process and could be in action sooner than expected, though Sunday's game comes too soon for the stand-in skipper.

Mark Beevers, Mark Howard, Gary Madine and Derik Osese could also come back into contention having missed recent outings due to respective knocks and injuries.

And with the festive period looming large, the timing could not be better as Wanderers' treatment room starts to empty!

4. Manager and Player of the Month
Having seen the Whites climb to second in the Sky Bet League One table, Phil Parkinson picked up the division's Manager of the Month award for the second time in three months on Friday.

Meanwhile, Zach Clough's five goals throughout the month saw him pick up the respective player accolade.

With Bolton going from strength-to-strength, both will hope this only a sign of things to come with the Trotters determined to return to the second tier at the first time of asking.

5. League winning run
Wanderers will be looking to bounce back from this midweek Checkatrade Trophy exit on Sunday, after falling to a last-minute defeat against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.

While the result brought an end to the Whites' seven game winning run, they have still triumphed in all of their last five league outings heading into the trip to Peterborough.

This run also includes all of their last three Sky Bet League One matches on the road. Same again at the ABAX, lads!



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, www.eticketing.co.uk/bwfc.


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