Last Time Out
Bolton were beaten at home by Carlisle United a couple of weeks ago while the Cobblers lost 1-0 at Shrewsbury Town.
One To Watch
With eight goals to his name to add to last season’s twenty one in all competitions, Dion Charles is the main man going forward for Bolton.
Charles signed from Accrington in 2022 and has hit thirty seven goals in seventy four appearances for the club since.
Bolton should welcome back defender Ricardo Santos, who has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Paris Maghoma is another who should return to the squad following a thigh injury and he may directly replace Kyle Dempsey, who has been ruled out with a fractured vertebra. Defender Zac Ashworth will miss the weekend with a minor calf issue.
The Cobblers will again be without Jon Guthrie while Will Hondermarck and Jack Sowerby will also be missing once again. Keiron Bowie returns after featuring and scoring for Scotland Under 21s over the international break and Shaun McWilliams could make his 200th appearance for the club.
Martin Coy is the referee on Saturday. Coy last took charge of the Cobblers in a 2-2 home draw with Cambridge United in the FA Cup First Round in November 2021. Mark Cunliffe and Kevin Mulraine are running the lines and Conor Brown is fourth official.
This is likely to be one of the more difficult away games of the season and the Cobblers will have to be at their absolute best against a side who know they have to win to convince their home fans that they’re on the right track. The best I can go for is a draw so I’ll go for a 2-2.
A Cobblers fan all his life, Danny is the most down to earth football supporter from Northampton.
While at university in Southampton, Danny kept up to date with all things NTFC from afar, sharing his thoughts on his ‘A Load Of Cobblers’ online blog.