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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Northampton Town

16 March 2017

Wanderers' official website previews the club's upcoming home clash with the Cobblers

As Wanderers prepare to host Northampton Town, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites’ latest Sky Bet League One fixture.


1. Will the Assist King continue his superb run?

Having created nine goals for Wanderers in his last four games, Filipe Morais is a man in scintillating assist form at present.

After making three of the Whites' four goals against Fleetwood Town last weekend, he then proceeded to steal the show at Gillingham by providing the crosses for all of Bolton's four efforts on Tuesday evening.

And having done the same for our last two home goals against Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon, our on-fire wideman will be looking to hit double figures in the assist tallies come this weekend's encounter.

2. Three wins on the bounce for Wanderers

Returning to home soil for the first time in a fortnight, Phil Parkinson's side will be aiming to make it a hat-trick of victories inside a week when they host the Cobblers.

Consecutive wins over Fleetwood and Gillingham have seen Bolton put themselves within a point of the automatic promotion spots with a game in hand on the second-place Cod Army.

And currently unbeaten at Macron Stadium in four outings, they will be eager to continue their momentum as the season heads towards its conclusion.

3. Familiar faces on the opposing side

There will be a number of familiar figures lining up against Wanderers this weekend, including one who was only on the books of the club earlier this season.

Keshi Anderson, a former loanee with the Whites, joined Town after returning to parent club Crystal Palace in January and to date has scored three goals for the Cobblers.

Former Bolton midfielder Matt Taylor - who played at Macron Stadium between 2008 and 2011 - is also impressing for Northampton after moving there last summer alongside Gregg Wylde who also spent time with the club back in 2012/13.

4. Home goal for Alfie

After breaking his goalscoring duck against Fleetwood last Saturday, can Alfie find his first goal at Macron Stadium since his return to the club this weekend?

Notching twice at Highbury in the 4-2 victory, the diminutive forward also scored in midweek against Gillingham at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

He is yet to find the net in front of the Whites' home faithful however - a statistic that he will be eager to banish this Saturday.

5. Will Wheavers score for a third match running?

It's certainly been a week to remember for our central-defensive pair with both scoring in consecutive games against Fleetwood and the Gills.

David Wheater's efforts have seen him hit seven for the season, while Mark Beevers' boasts an impressive four goals for the club since his summer move to Macron Stadium.

And with Wanderers having proven themselves to be set-piece whizzes in recent weeks, the towering duo will be hoping to continue their respective purple patches in front of goal come 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

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