Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough

  • April 15, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will play to a live television audience on Saturday, when they host Middlesbrough in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Macron Stadium.

It will be a case of top versus bottom at the weekend, when Boro, who moved to the summit with a midweek win over Reading, look to go four points clear with what many expect to be a routine victory over already-relegated Wanderers.

Bolton's troubles are compounded by the fact that they are presently on their worst run of the campaign, having suffered five successive defeats, but optimism is in the air as supporters hope players can go about their game without the added pressure of a relegation battle.

Interim manager Jimmy Phillips, who had a spell at Middlesbrough during his playing days, will have Oscar Threlkeld available for selection after he returned from a loan stint at Plymouth Argyle earlier in the week.

Threlkeld last featured for Bolton on the final day of last season, when he completed 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat at home to Birmingham City, but the 22-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, has played 28 times for the Pilgrims and returns looking to press his case for both a place in the first-team and, subsequently, a new deal.

The academy graduate could be joined by fellow breakthrough names such as Zach Clough, Josh Vela, Rob Holding and Niall Maher, as Phillips continues to provide opportunities to emerging young talent.

Dorian Dervite, Gary Madine and Wellington Silva remain sidelined, where they will be joined by long-term injury victim Max Clayton, who is unlikely to figure until pre-season. Jay Spearing is also out, due to a lingering contractual issue.

Boro boss Aitor Karanka will be unable to call upon the services of Cristhian Stuani, who sits out the second of a three match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct in a game against Preston North End last weekend.

Ritchie de Laet, Adam Clayton, Stewart Downing and Jordan Rhodes were all brought in for the midweek win over Reading, although Adam Forshaw, Gaston Ramirez and David Nugent are all in contention as Karanka looks to rotate his squad for a game in which they enter as massive favourites.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Rachubka, Campbell, Moxey, Osede, Wilson, Wheater, Finney, Threlkeld, Holding, Maher, Vela, Davies, Trotter, Danns, Pratley, Twardzik, Woolery, Walker, Clough, Heskey, Dobbie, Samizadeh

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