Can Bolton maintain their 100% record when they host Fleetwood on Saturday afternoon?
Bolton v Fleetwood - Saturday 15:00
Uwe Rosler is ordering his Fleetwood defenders to play a high defensive line and he spent much of Wednesday evening's 2-0 victory over Oxford prowling the touchline, ready to pounce whenever they looked like they might forget. The upshot was a clean sheet and very few clear sighters on goal for the visitors, so a low-scoring encounter could be on the cards at the Macron. Take the 12/5 available on under 1.5 goals.
If the Cod Army can keep that high line against the early League One pacesetters, then Bolton probably lack the pace to exploit the space in-behind but you can rest assured Phil Parkinson will have done his homework to keep things tight at the other end. The former Bradford boss is obsessive about the importance of the first goal, often at the expense of entertainment for as long as any game remains 0-0.
Wanderers are now sitting on the Football League's only remaining 100 per cent record after Wednesday's 2-1 win against a tired Bristol Rovers. Not since the days of Sam Allardyce had Bolton won their first three league matches and a fourth straight victory here would constitute their best start to a season for 82 years but the quick turnaround for both teams only adds weight to the possibility of a cautious encounter.
A pragmatist like Parkinson wouldn't risk leaving himself open to the sucker punch in pursuit of a trivial record, so it will be interesting to see if he sticks with a diamond in a game that already threatens to be congested in the middle of the park. Either way, the no goalscorer bet also looks overpriced at 9/1.