Bristol Rovers travel to the Toughsheet Community Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers this Saturday in a potentially big weekend at the top of the table. Bolton will need a win to keep knocking on the door of the top spot whereas Rovers need three points to get themselves into the top half of the table.
Bolton currently sit second in League One after 19 games. The Wanderers have 12 wins, three draws and four losses, leaving them on 39 points just six points behind top of the league Portsmouth, who Bolton have a game in hand on.
In their last five games in all competitions, Bolton have three wins, one draw and one loss.
Bolton hosted Exeter City in a blow out win for The Wanderers. A brace from Dion Charles and goals from Jack Iredale, Victor Adeboyejo, Paris Maghoma, Kyle Dempsey and Dan Nlundulu gave Bolton the massive 7 - 0 win over Exeter. However, the next time out for Bolton was a goalless draw with Oxford United. Bolton had just three shots on target, and had to settle for a point.
In the Second round of the FA Cup, Bolton hosted Harrogate Town. A hat-trick from Jon Daoi Boovarsson and a brace from Nlundulu gave Bolton the dominant 5 - 1 win over Harrogate, with George Thomson on the scoresheet for Harrogate. In the Second round of the Football League Trophy, Bolton faced Port Vale. Charles and Carlos Mendes Gomes both scored in the 2 - 0 win for Bolton.
The last time out for Bolton was a top of the table clash against Portsmouth. Conor Shaughnessy and Kusini Yengi both scored in the 2 - 0 win for Portsmouth, where Bolton had just two shots on target.
Bristol Rovers, on the other hand, currently sit 13th in League One. In 19 games, Rovers have six wins, seven draws and six losses which leaves them on 25 points, only two points behind Charlton in the top half of the table.
In their last five games in all competitions, Bristol Rovers have one win, two draws and two losses.
An own goal from Jack Hunt opened the scoring in the second half but a goal from Chris Martin in the 87th minute drew Rovers level. However, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored in the 90th minute to give Derby the 2 - 1 win. Next time out against Leyton Orient, Rovers took the lead through Grant Ward in the fourth minute of added time of the first half. But, an own goal from Tristan Crama in the 93rd minute to finish the game 1 - 1.
In the Second round of the Football League Trophy, Rovers faced Crawley Town. Luke Thomas opened the scoring for Rovers in the last minute of the first half, but Jack Roles and Harry Forster both scored to give Crawley the 2 - 1 win over ten-man Rovers who had James Gibbons sent off late on. Back in League One, Rovers hosted Cheltenham. Will Goodwin opened the scoring in the first half, but Hunt equalised in the second half for a 1 - 1 draw.
The most recent outing for Rovers was against Crewe Alexandra in the Second round of the FA Cup. John Marquis, James Wilson, Antony Evans and an own goal from Ryan Cooney gave Rovers the 4 - 2 win.
Bolton and Bristol Rovers have met 35 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming all the way back in 1905. Bolton have the better record in the fixture with 14 wins in comparison to Rovers’ ten wins, with a draw being more common than a Rovers win, happening on 11 occasions.