So often in modern day football supporters claim that a certain fixture is a must win game, but if that statement was to ever be true then this would be it for both Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers.

The home side haven’t picked up a victory since the 10th March when Austrian Andreas Weimann stole all three points very late on in a 1-0 win over Martin Jol’s Fulham side.

Owen Coyles men last picked up a win in the final weekend of March when they beat relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Both sides have had their problems this season off the field with both Fabrice Muamba and Stiliyan Petrov suffering from serious illness.

Fans of Aston Villa and Bolton have stated they will show their support for both players with a 1 minute applause on both the 6th and 19th minutes – the players squad numbers.

The corresponding fixture last year ended in a 1-1 draw when Bolton captain Kevin Davis cancelled out Ashley Young’s 13th minute goal.

A point wouldn’t be enough for either side though as they both battle against the drop.

Team News

Aston Villa: James Collins (groin) has been ruled out, but boss Alex McLeish is hoping stand-in captain Gabriel Agbonlahor (shoulder) will pass a late fitness test.

Richard Dunne has returned to training this week, but the Bolton game has come to early for the Republic of Ireland international.

Bolton Wanderers: Owen Coyle will leave it until the last minute in his decision to include Mark Davis (ankle) after he limped off in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City.

Darren Pratley will almost certainly miss out with a virus.


Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Ticket: Available from £10-£39
Kick Off: 17.45 GMT
Last corresponding fixture: Aston Villa 1 Bolton Wanderers 1


  1. A point wouldn’t be a disaster for Villa. It would still take a massive effort from the teams below for us to go down, and even then we have 3 games to rectify it.

    But a win ends all realistic talk of relegation, and a loss puts us right in the mix (but still NOT favorites to go down).

    I think we will win. God knows why. I just have a feeling. UTV

  2. That’s it lost for words, so bloody angry, don’t no where we go from here but don’t tell me to give mcleish a break, to late not guts championship here we come !!!

  3. The board must take the blame for this mess…..
    I will never go again until the the so called manager have in charge is removed!!!

  4. We sold the crown jewels before the season started and did’nt replace them its no suprise we are struggling to expect young lads to all step up from the reserves is a too big task.There were players available in the Jan transfer window but Big Ek passed them all up.Still why worry its the only profession in the world where you can totally f**K up get sacked,get a big pay off then get another club to employ you total madness

  5. A total disgrace,Mr Lerner and Mr Faulkner this is all your fault we as villa fans told you the apointment of mcleash would never work not because he used to manage them down the road but because he is a poor manager he took them down twice and played terrible football,he even when in charge of one of the two clubs in scotland managed to finish third.Well now its time to here from Lerner to see what he has to say about villa playing outside the top flight for the first time in premier leauge history,and more importantly how are we going to servive next season with average players on massive wages in the championship.

  6. Where do we start? The first conclusion to make is whether that starting team would actually survive in the championship, as bar Shay Given, it’s not surprising the team being put out is not winning and is doing so badly. However, the main conclusion is mc no sense, has no understanding of tactics or who his best team is or how to play his players to the best potential. His tactics are so poor that it is clear that a sunday league team on the piddle all Saturday night before could beat us! This is not having a go at the youngsters, who have tried hard, but where was the sense at Christmas when no one was bought in over the transfer period. That draws more conclusions. Lerner couldn’t care less and there is no communication. Where has all the pride gone? It baffles me, the pair of them have made a mockery of our great club! Resign the pair of you tonight,put Sid and Kevin in charge and then least there would be a bit of passion to see the lads home through the last three games while there is still hope! Dropping down to the championship could be the real demise of the club, obviously stating the obvious, but it is a blooming hard league to get out of. And despite all the jokes from those non supporting, empty seats supporters down the road and rubbish they filter through the social websites, they won’t be back next season….. Buts lets not give them the chance to play us in that league…… Villa till I die!

  7. I believe we will all need to up date our car navigation systems, we are going places next season we have not been for years.
    Villa fans are renowned for being an educated football crowd. We told Lerner and the rest of the management team that McLeish was never going to take us anywhere other than down. How true our words are today.
    Randy is a typical arrogant American of the worse kind – could be his banker background, but has not got the guts to come forward and say what has to be said, worse still, lacks the morals to take the decisions that need to be taken. Frankly he is a waste of space.
    Credit to our supporters, we still do not blame the lads, but sadly the ask is many steps too far for them. They must feel gutted.
    I for one refuse to put more cash into our banker/owners bonus, I stay away and that hurts. However, its my personal insignificant message to Randy. “When you brought our club – you did not buy me, so just p**s off, and take the rest of your clowns with you”. Villa are, and always will be, bigger and better than you.
    Championship here we come – we are not good enough to grace the Premier League – we reap the rewards of the seeds we sow – nothing grows without water.

  8. I would have settled for a point last night…thats how DESPERATE I have become to see us limp over the line. Once Bolton equalised (great challenge, Carlos, BTW)the doom and gloom returned and the inevitable happened.At least Mcloser got some DESERVED stick at the end….but Lerner has to take a fair share of the blame for the mess we are in. His last two appointments (after MON decided to get out of what he must have thought was a sinking ship) have been disastrous…a useless ex Blues boss and a Liverpool has-been with ill health. Brilliant….
    We can only stay up now if the ineptitude of the teams below us continues. We are deservedly bottom of the ‘form’ league…bar Wolves. I won’t be throwing more money down the drain until we have a clearout, top to bottom…..we are now back to ‘O’Leary days’…..


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