Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Port Vale

Successive wins, clean sheets and Zach Clough's scoring run - preview Saturday's clash with the Valiants

Wanderers host Port Vale on Saturday as they look to maintain their recent strong form. Now up to second in the Sky Bet League One table, highlights five talking points ahead of this weekend's game.

1. Back at Macron Stadium
After clinching maximum points from tough away trips to Millwall and Bury, Wanderers return to Macron Stadium as they host Port Vale on Saturday.

The Whites' travelling support was once again superb in both outings with manager Phil Parkinson and defenders David Wheater and Mark Beevers quick to praise the Club's "twelfth man" after both games.

With confidence high around BL6, Bolton will be looking for more of the same as they return to Macron Stadium and take to the field in front of their home fans this weekend. 

2. Will Wanderers' winning run continue? Can they keep another clean sheet?
The Trotters come into the game off the back of five successive wins and five successive clean sheets, form which has seen them climb to second in the Sky Bet League One table.

You have to go back to January/February 1976 for the last time Wanderers kept six shut-outs in a row.

Meanwhile, the last time the Whites recorded six successive wins without conceding a goal was all the way back in March/April 1912.

Currently just three points behind league-leaders Scunthorpe United, can Bolton maintain both runs against the Valiants?

3. And can Zach Clough score again?
Registering four goals from his last three outings, Zach Clough's has exploded into life in recent weeks following his return from injury.

The Trotters' matchwinner against both Oldham Athletic and Bury, the forward has averaged a goal at Macron Stadium just over every other game since first breaking into Wanderers' first team back in January 2015.

Enjoying life on the left-wing, the 21-year-old also already boasts five career braces to his name. Will he be eager to maintain his current hot-streak on Saturday?

4. Kick It Out game
Saturday's game against Port Vale will see the Whites host its dedicated fixture to the work of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation.

Throughout the 2016/17 season, Kick It Out is running an initiative – Call Full Time On Hate – which aims to utilise and engage the collective force of football to tackle discrimination and hate incidents at every level of the game. 

The initiative also seeks to highlight the positive messages of inclusion echoed by the football authorities, clubs, players, managers and supporters’ groups. 

Bolton are fully behind #CallFullTimeOnHate and in addition to its support on and in the Club’s matchday programme, ‘Trotters’, the Club will also be supporting the initiative on social media, as well as through Kick It Out resources such as posters, t-shirts and LED board advertisements inside Macron Stadium.

5. Last league fixture for two weeks
In his pre-match interview, Phil Parkinson stressed the importance of Wanderers continuing their recent form when they face Port Vale ahead of upcoming cup clashes with Grimsby Town and Cheltenham Town.

The Whites breathing down the necks of league leaders Scunthorpe United, with a potential positive result against the Valiants set to boost their position ahead of their next league outing away at Peterborough United in mid-November

And while top spot may be out of their grasp for now, the Trotters camp are fully focussed on the task ahead with games coming thick and fast as the festive period draws closer.

Wanderers will be looking to claim a sixth successive win and clean sheet when they host Port Vale on Saturday.

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