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

21 April 2017

Wanderers’ official website previews the club’s penultimate league game of the campaign

As Wanderers prepare to travel to Port Vale for their penultimate league game of the 2016/17 season, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of Saturday afternoon's clash at Vale Park.



1. Biggest away following of the season

As the end of the season draws ever nearer, Wanderers' superb away support in Sky Bet League One concludes this weekend with over 4,400 fans set to pack into Vale Park's away end.

The Whites' travelling contingent have seen eleven wins, four draws and seven defeats on the road in Sky Bet League One this term, with 31 goals scored and just 20 conceded.

Following on from a bumper backing in the club's last away outing at Oldham too, the Bolton faithful will be looking to roar the team onto victory this weekend.

2. First league visit to Vale Park in 17 years

Wanderers last played a competitive fixture at Vale Park in February 2000 when both sides were plying their trade in Division One.

Facing off on a Tuesday evening, Bolton managed to run out 1-0 winners that night courtesy of Eidur Gudjohnsen's 77th minute effort.

The victory meanwhile was followed up by a 2-1 win at the Reebok Stadium just over a month later to complete the Whites' league double over their Vale counterparts.

3. Options up top for the Whites

Looking ahead to the weekend's game and manager Phil Parkinson has a number of players at his disposal as the Whites go in search of victory against the Valiants.

Adam Le Fondre has figured prominently for the Trotters in recent weeks, with the likes of Max Clayton, Conor Wilkinson and Chris Long - coupled with widemen Filipe Morais, James Henry and Viv Solomon-Otabor - all chomping at the bit.

And with Wanderers looking for their 24th win of the season this weekend, the gaffer will be hoping that the goals will flow for his side on Saturday afternoon.

4. Double over Port Vale

Way back in October of last year, Wanderers welcomed Port Vale to Macron Stadium with Bolton amidst a four-game winning streak.

And they proceeded to extend it to five with goals from Zach Clough, Josh Vela and Lawrie Wilson - all inside the space of nine minutes - ensuring that the points were the Trotters'.

Sam Hart did score a consolation for the Valiants that day, but the Whites will no doubt be eager to complete a league double this weekend with the end of the campaign tantalising close.

5. Penultimate league game

The 2016/17 Sky Bet League One season is well and truly in its final stages with just one fixture remaining for Wanderers after this weekend's outing.

Concluding their travels with this Saturday's trip to Port Vale, Parkinson's men then bring down the curtain on the season against Peterborough United at Macron Stadium on Sunday week.

Now at the business end of the campaign however, Bolton will be looking to cement their place in the division's top two this weekend and pull themselves closer to a Championship return.