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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v MK Dons

8 September 2016 previews Saturday's clash with MK Dons at Macron Stadium

Two points clear of the top of the Sky Bet League One table, unbeaten Wanderers host MK Dons at Macron Stadium this weekend, as highlight five talking points ahead of Saturday's game.

1. Keshi Anderson
A deadline day loan signing from Crystal Palace, the young forward endeared himself to Wanderers supporters immediately by netting a debut strike against Southend United last weekend.

Winning the supporters' man of the match vote on Twitter in the process, the young forward caught the eye with his lively maiden performance and will be keen to set tongues wagging once again if he can produce another impressive display on Saturday.

2. New signings
Having brought in five signings on deadline day, Phil Parkinson handed James Henry a start alongside Anderson last weekend, with Sammy Ameobi also impressing after coming off the substitutes' bench.

Now boasting a further week's training alongside their new team-mates under their belts, the trio will be looking to build on their debut appearances while could Whites fans get a first glimpse of Tom Thorpe on Saturday?

3. Injuries
A groin injury has ruled Gary Madine out of Saturday's clash with MK Dons while Liam Trotter is also doubtful as the duo join the likes of Max Clayton, Zach Clough and Mark Davies on the sidelines.

However, their absences could hand further opportunities to other players in the Bolton squad with Jamie Proctor and Chris Taylor eyeing potential recalls, Ameobi and Thorpe pushing for first starts and Derik Osede closing in on a first team return following injury.

Whatever the starting XI this weekend, the Trotters will be desperate to maintain their current form as they look to build on their positive start to the season.

4. Still unbeaten
Although disappointed not to clinch all three points against Southend last week, Wanderers can be buoyed by another positive display as they extended their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One to six matches.

Yet to taste defeat in the third tier under Parkinson, the Whites will be keen to ensure that is still the case come 5pm on Saturday!

5. Top of the league!
It may only be September, but it sure does feel good looking at the Sky Bet League One table at the moment! 

Two points clear of second-placed Bradford City, Bolton know what they have to do to retain their place at the head of the third tier ahead of a mouth-watering clash with the Bantams later this month.

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