Team News: Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers

  • September 30, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Aston Villa on Saturday, looking to avoid yet another club record as the Championship prepares to take a two-week international break.

Winless in their opening 10 league outings, Wanderers prop up the table with just two points from a possible 30 and find themselves in the unenviable position of being six points from safety before the end of September.

Failure to win at Villa Park, which is something the Trotters have managed to achieve in their two most recent visits, would see Phil Parkinson's side equal the club record of 11 EFL games without victory from the start of a campaign - something last done at the beginning of 1902/03.

Bolton will be boosted by the return of Jem Karacan for the journey to the second city, after he sat out the midweek defeat at Bristol City through suspension following the accumulation of five yellow cards.

Filipe Morais won't be eligible for selection, however, as he was dismissed for two bookable offences at Ashton Gate, potentially opening the door for Will Buckley to return, having returned to training this week after a hamstring injury.

Stephen Darby is also back in contention having recovered from a problem of his own, while Ben Alnwick and Karl Henry will be assessed.

Derik Osede and Josh Vela remain on the sidelines, although there could be an increase in minutes for Sammy Ameobi, who made his first appearance of the season on Tuesday night after underdoing knee surgery in the week leading up to the opening game in August.

Adam Armstrong and Adam Le Fondre will likely continue their battle to partner Gary Madine in attack, while on-loan West Ham United duo Reece Burke and Josh Cullen are pushing for recalls after dropping to the substitutes' bench last time out.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Turner, Little, A Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Robinson, Darby, Wheater, Burke, Brockbank, Lonsdale, Karacan, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Cullen, Pratley, Henry, King, Perry, Earing, White, Le Fondre, Madine, Wilbraham, Armstrong, Hall

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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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