Bournemouth v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • April 27, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's final road trip of the season takes them to Bournemouth on Monday, where they will be hoping to spoil a potential promotion party.

The Cherries go into the penultimate game of the season level on points with 3rd-placed Middlesbrough, but their far superior goal difference means victory at the Goldsands Stadium would almost certainly secure their place in next season's Premier League, whilst also closing the gap on Watford to just one point ahead of the final round of games.

Bolton, meanwhile, mathematically ensured their survival with a draw at Brentford last time out, but manager Neil Lennon refuses to write the game off after labelling his side as an afterthought ahead of their televised clash with the Cherries.

They will make the long journey to the south coast without the services of Matt Mills, Josh Vela and Paddy McCarthy, who are all unlikely to feature again this season due to injury.

Mills has been suffering from symptoms likened to vertigo for the last few days and is highly unlikely to feature, while Vela won't be risked in the final two games due to a groin problem. McCarthy left Griffin Park wearing a protective boot nine days ago and has since returned to Crystal Palace for treatment on an ankle ligament injury.

Tim Ream, Dean Moxey and Dorian Dervite are Wanderers' only recognised senior defenders available for selection, although Oscar Threlkeld, Hayden White, Quade Taylor and Ryan Sellers could be called upon if required.

Neil Danns and Barry Bannan are back in the squad after being exiled in the previous game following a well-publicised incident at the Bolton Whites Hotel. Both players were suspended by the club and fined two weeks' wages, but are both in contention to start in midfield.

Mark Davies looks set to start after coming off the bench in each of the last two games, while Eidur Gudjohnsen will also be hoping to earn a starting role behind the forward line of Emile Heskey and Adam Le Fondre.

Joining the list of the aforementioned absentees of Mills, Vela and McCarthy, Bolton will be without the services of Craig Davies, Darren Pratley, Max Clayton, Zach Clough, Kevin McNaughton, Simeon Slavchev and David Wheater.

Bournemouth will be without Simon Francis for the visit of the Trotters, after he was sent off in their draw with Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

Francis will serve a one-match suspension for his dismissal, so Adam Smith looks set to come in at his expense.

Callum Wilson, Yann Kermorgant, Brett Pitman and Matt Ritchie have all hit double figures for Eddie Howe's team, who have scored 92 goals in league competition this season, but Wanderers will be hoping to delay the party atmosphere for another few days and deny Bournemouth promotion to the top-flight just six years after they almost exited the Football League through the bottom of League Two.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, Moxey, Ream, Dervite, White, Taylor, Threlkeld, Sellers, Feeney, M Davies, Trotter, Danns, Rochinha, Hughes, Twardzik, Bannan, Janko, Coke, Walker, Lussey, Le Fondre, Heskey, Gudjohnsen, Iliev, Knight

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Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 80
8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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