Bolton Wanderers vs Aston Villa
Sky Bet Championship
17:30 – Saturday 17th March 2018
Macron Stadium, Bolton
Aston Villa will travel up the M6 today to take on Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium in the Championship which is also live on Sky Sports.
Villa still remains third in the table but following their mid-week defeat to QPR, sit seven points adrift of second-placed Cardiff and just a point ahead of fourth-placed Fulham. Some fans have given up on the hope of automatic promotion but there are still 27 points to play for so we can only hope for a few more slip-ups.
Villa has picked up an impressive 31 points from a possible 39 with only Fulham having picked up more in the division.
Bolton would have aimed to avoid relegation this season following promotion from League 1 last season and so far they are on course to achieve just that. They are 6 points above the relegation zone and picked up 17 points from a possible 39.
One thing we should have taken from the defeat to QPR is that we should never take three points for granted, especially in this division.
Neil Taylor is a major doubt and is almost certain to be missing, alongside Alan Hutton and Axel Tuanzebe. They are struggling with muscle and hamstring injuries.
James Bree is standing in the wings and ready to step in a prove himself in the first team should Taylor not make it.
Otherwise, everyone else is fine apart from the long-term injuries.
Phil Parkinson only has one concern and that is Darren Pratley. The midfielder suffered a knock in training this week but they are open he will be ok to play for Bolton.
Chinedu Obasi and Connor Hall are both desperate to feature after impressing for the Bolton u-23 side but Parkinson said they will have to wait their turn as they have no right to ‘jump the queue’.
- Bolton is expecting a crowd of over 20,000 for the first time this season with over 4,00 travelling Aston Villa supporters.
- Villa has only failed to score in one of their last 20 league meetings with Bolton, a 1-0 defeat in December 2006.
- Bolton lost their last home game 3-1 to Preston. They haven’t lost back to back home games since losing their first five home games of the season.
- The 10 away games Villa have won this season, is more than they won in the previous three seasons combined.
Villa will be taking 4,342 supporters with them to the Macron Stadium. Tickets are no longer available and won’t be available at the gate.
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