Bolton Wanderers head into tomorrow's clash with 7th place Port Vale aiming to continue our excellent run of form which has lifted the club to second place in League One. Monday's comfortable....nah.....easy 2-0 win away at local minnows Bury will see the lads full of confidence.
History is also on our side, with Bolton having lost only twice in 22 competitive games against Vale.
Our opponents arrive at the Reebok having won five of their first ten League One games, though only once since, a narrow 1-0 victory over nineteenth-placed MK Dons. They have drawn two and lost two in the same period.
Man to watch is this season’s top scorer Alex Jones, who should return to the team this weekend following injury - with the away side hoping that the on-loan Birmingham City man can add to the total of eight goals already scored this season.
Managed by former Leeds United midfielder Bruno Ribeiro, Vale have seen an influx of foreign names join the club, with no less than ten different nationalities represented in the squad.
Dutch centre-back Kjell Knops was Vale's first signing of the season, joined soon after, Curaçao under-20 striker Rigino Cicilia was signed from Dutch side Roda JC Kerkrade.
The next to join were French midfielders Quentin Pereira and Anthony de Freitas. Another Dutch centre-back, Calvin Mac-Intosch, was then signed from Cambuur.
Further Portuguese signings arrived including midfielder Paulo Tavares, left-back Kiko, and striker Carlos Saleiro from Oriental.
Then followed Chris Mbamba, a Zimbabwean-born former Sweden under-17 international winger, former Crystal Palace attacker Jerome Thomas ex-Blackburn Rovers forward Anton Forrester.
The final piece in Ribeiro's jigsaw was Monaco reserve team captain Sébastien Amoros, signing a 12-month contract.
So this multi-cultural side will face a stern test in the shape of four-wins-on-the-bounce Bolton Wanderers.
I definitely fancy us to get the win - and a comfortable one at that.