Currently one of League One’s in-form sides, Shrewsbury head into Saturday’s contest full of confidence after collecting 11 points from their previous five league matches.
Their upturn in fortunes has seen them climb up the table into 16th place, where they sit a point above Saturday’s opponents and six points clear of the relegation zone.
Last weekend, Shrewsbury returned to league action following their FA Cup defeat to Liverpool, and the Shrews played out a goalless draw away to Crewe Alexandra.
Following that stalemate, Steve Cotterill’s side will now turn their attention to a home fixture this weekend, with the Shrews bidding to extend their unbeaten home run to nine games in all competitions.
Their recent home success has come courtesy of a resolute backline that has conceded just four goals in their last eight competitive home fixtures, and on Saturday they will be looking to claim their third successive home shutout.
Bolton will be aiming to end Shrewsbury’s unbeaten run when they travel to New Meadow and the visitors will be relieved to be entering the contest off the back of a victory.
Having suffered five consecutive defeats in all competitions, the Trotters ended their poor run of form with a 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town last weekend.
With the game goalless heading into the last 20 minutes, Bolton may have been contemplating settling for a point, but goals from Kieran Lee and Oladapo Afolayan gave Ian Evatt’s side a precious victory.
With five points separating themselves and the drop zone, the Trotters will be looking to put together a positive run of results to move away from danger.
Having lost their last five competitive away games, Evatt is desperate to see an improvement from his team on the road, especially in the final third as Bolton have failed to score in four of their last five away trips in all competitions