Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City - Preview

  • May 02, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton bring the Championship season to a close on Saturday, when relegation-threatened Birmingham City visit the Reebok Stadium.

The Blues go into the final day in the bottom three, knowing defeat will see them drop into League One just five years after they achieved their highest top-flight finish in since 1959.

Wanderers, meanwhile, are in 14th position and will want to end the campaign on a high, after spending all but one week of it in the bottom half of the table.

Dougie Freedman could name an unchanged side to the one that won at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, with Oscar Threlkeld likely to keep his place at right-back at the expense of fellow youngster Andy Kellett.

Tim Ream, who won the club's Player of the Year award this week, should start at left-back, while Matt Mills and David Wheater could start in the middle, with Zat Knight on the bench for what could be his final game at the club.

Alan Hutton and Alex Baptiste are both doubtful through injury, while Medo Kamara is struggling to overcome a stomach bug.

With Kamara set to miss the game, Liam Trotter and Jay Spearing are expected to anchor the midfield, with Neil Danns, Robert Hall and Lee Chung-Yong providing the support for Jermaine Beckford in attack.

Lukas Jutkiewicz looks set to start on the bench, which could once again be used to give an opportunity to youngsters such as Tom Youngs, Hayden White, Chris Lester and Georg Iliev.

Joe Riley, Marc Tierney, Andre Moritz, Darren Pratley, Mark Davies and Stuart Holden are all out with injuries.

Former Wanderers defender Paul Robinson should captain Birmingham at the Reebok, as he returns from a three-match suspension to help keep the Blues in the division.

Peter Lovenkrands has recovered from an ankle injury and should start, although a late decision will be made on the fitness of Lee Novak.

Nikola Zigic and Jordan Ibe are both available for selection, as Birmingham boss Lee Clark looks to prevent his side from dropping into the third tier on English football for the first time since 1994.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lee-Barrett, Mills, Ream, Knight, Wheater, White, Threlkeld, Spearing, Eagles, Hall, Trotter, Danns, Chung-Yong, Robinson, Lester, Woodland, Kellett, Bastos, Beckford, Jutkiewicz, Wilkinson, Clough, Youngs, Iliev

Referee: Iain Williamson
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Kick-Off: 12:15

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